If you’ve ever watched the E! Channel’s hilarious program, “The Soup,” hosted by Joel McHale, you’ve probably seen a segment entitled, “Tales from Home Shopping,” that offers entertaining clips from television’s Home Shopping Network (HSN).
And if you’ve watched that and are a Kevin Sorbo fan, maybe you have noticed that the artwork introducing the segment is eerily similar to the art for Kevin’s exciting upcoming film and graphic novel project, “Chronology.” Scary!
Allow me to explain.
In case you don’t know, “The Soup” is a very funny weekly program that recaps the most humorous, stupidest and oddest bits of TV from the previous week. Stand-up comic, comedic actor and star of NBC’s “Community,” McHale offers wit and sarcasm worthy of Kevin’s witty, sarcastic sense of humor…
So, who better to be on that show than Kevin???
I propose that we start a social media campaign to get him on, beginning with Twitter. (I’ll address Facebook in another article soon!) Let’s tell “The Soup” and Joel McHale that we want Kevin Sorbo!
Maybe something like the following:
@TheSoup @joelmchale Check out Kevin Sorbo @ksorbs new project #ChronologytheMovie He’d be a great guest on your show! #Hercules #Andromeda
@TheSoup @joelmchale Kevin Sorbo @ksorbs #ChronologytheMovie https://digitaltipjar.com/chronology/ looks like #talesfromhomeshopping Book him on your show
Stay tuned for lots more exciting “Chronology” news, including a new way to donate via the “Chronology” Facebook page!
OK, I’ll tell now… go to https://www.facebook.com/chronologyfilms and click on the “Donate” button. Follow the directions… It’s easy!
Or even easier is Digital Tip Jar: https://digitaltipjar.com/chronology/
Holy Hercules! What are you waiting for?!
(Joel McHale and Tales from Home Shopping images courtesy of E!; Chronology images courtesy of Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo)
This past July marked the 4th Anniversary of Sorbo Writer’s Blog. And whereas I previously celebrated with stories and art from you, Kevin Sorbo’s fans, I did nothing for 2013.
So, I want to celebrate now!
A little history: As a freelance writer and long-time Sorbo fan I sought (and continue to seek) outlets for stories about him, things we all know and love, like his work with A World Fit For Kids! and numerous other charities, how well he respects and treats his fans, his many television and film credits (including awards), his love of family and country, his humor and sarcasm that make me laugh, and, following publication of his excellent book, True Strength, his candid confession about the four strokes that almost killed him and how he uses his experience to inspire and motivate others.
Upon not receiving the response from editors for which I had hoped, I decided to do it myself. I consulted some prior and new Sorbo friends about creating a place where fans could express their love for him however they wish (stories, art, vid, etc.). I received much feedback and support for which I am grateful.
One of those friends was Mara from Brazil who runs the Kevin Sorbo Brazilian Forum, as well as creates some beautiful Kevin art, including the monthly calendars that you see here. She was and remains one of my most positive supporters and dearest friends.
So, when I thought about what I should do to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of this blog, I immediately asked Mara if she would create some of her lovely art. Within hours she sent these two images. Aren’t they great? She’s fantastic! Obrigada, mi querida amiga!!!
Greetings, my friends. As Kevin Sorbo fans we have all been influenced by him in various ways, whether by him personally, professionally, the friendships that bind us or all three. Some of us have discovered him by way of very personal experiences, and I am so grateful to you for sharing them with us.
This amazing story is from our dear friend Vanessa in Belgium. It made me cry. Perhaps it will touch your hearts, too.
In 1982, I was involved in a serious accident. I was 5-years-old! My sister Muriel was killed instantly. She was 11-years-old. My left leg was full of scars, causes of serious injury. And my sister I miss so much!
My story with Kevin starts with “Hercules” (when I was) 17-years-old and completely under his spell, of course! Later, I learned (of) his health problems – he had almost died, too. I was upside-down! I admired him even more, and since, it never left me.
He is like an inspiration to me. He gives me the strength to move forward in life, and I dream to meet (him) to be able to tell him.
We are living as we are strong and faith in us.
Love to Sorbo fans!
(Images courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)
Our good friend, Rhonda from Georgia, wrote this great review of Kevin Sorbo’s new movie, Storm Rider. Many thanks, Rhonda!
Now, having seen the movie, I can honestly say it’s true: The whole family will love it.
It centers around a spoiled 18-year-old girl named Dani Fielding (played by newcomer Danielle Chuchran), an accomplished equestrian who loves horses, especially her prize horse, Emerald.
Her world is turned upside-down when her dad, Mitch (C.Thomas Howell), is sent to prison for securities fraud. She is sent to live with her uncle Sam (Kevin Sorbo), a veterinarian who is set in his bachelor ways, although he does have a girlfriend, Jody (Kristy Swanson).
Dani and Sam have a hard time bonding until he gives her an orphaned colt that is a different horse than she is used to training. She pours her heart and soul into the colt, who she names Stormy, and he helps replace what is missing from her life.
Sam must also deal with Dani’s stepmother, Vanessa (played by Kevin’s real-life wife, Sam Sorbo), who is trying to get custody of Jordan, Dani’s half-brother. The truth is (that) she (Vanessa) would rather have the assets Mitch has hidden away, and is using Jordan as leverage to get them.
At one point, Dani abandons Stormy to train another horse for an upcoming show, but when tragedy strikes in the form of an airplane crash in the mountains, she and Stormy must reconcile their differences and work together to save her uncle, her brother and her uncle’s friend. Dani learns just how important family really is.
I love Kevin’s character in the movie and how Kevin approached playing him. Sam is so set in his ways that when Dani attempts to clean up the place, he gets angry and tells her to leave his “piles” alone, for that is how he knows where things are. Eventually, he gets used to the house being clean.
The chemistry between Kevin and Kristy goes without saying. If you saw (the movie) “What If,” then you know what I’m talking about.
The Utah scenery is absolutely beautiful and contributes much to the storyline.
The ending will have you smiling as Sam realizes he now has a family that he loves very much (and that does include Jody), and Dani and Jordan find they have a family to love as well.
Please follow “Storm Rider” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StormRiderMovie
Purchase the DVD on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Rider-Kevin-Sorbo/dp/B00DS79HBU
Preview the “Storm Rider” trailer:
(Images and artwork courtesy of and by Mara)
Kevin Sorbo has brought so many people together who share the admiration of his work as an actor and a charitable person, and because he’s just an all-around kind, nice guy who promotes being all-around, well, kind and nice. Many of those friendships have lasted over time, resulting in fan forums, chat rooms, blogs, websites, social media connections and more.
I have made numerous friends the world over online and in person thanks to him, and if you like this blog, maybe you have, too.
November boasts Thanksgiving Day here in the US, a day during which we express gratitude for our blessings. And I am eternally grateful that I have met and continue to meet Kevin’s amazing fans. So, I think we can all agree, particularly with that thought in mind, that we’re thankful for Kevin Sorbo!
Please enjoy these lovely November calendars by our talented Sorbo Sisters: Sanne, Loli, Mara and Malena. Many thanks and great job as always, ladies!
The production team of Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo presents a new, innovative movie concept called, “Chronology,” a pair of films with different, yet intertwining stories that contain elements of psychological thriller, horror, science fiction, the supernatural and romance. “Chronology” is also an ensemble character drama starring Kevin Sorbo and featuring Bruce Davison that questions the relationship between time and space and brings graphic novels to the silver screen.
Tribble’s companion screenplays comprise the lives of two men: Aaron and Jacob. One follows Aaron, who attends a New Year’s Eve 1999 party during which he momentarily leaves a room then returns claiming to be Jacob and discovers that Aaron disappeared six years prior from the same house. The other covers Jacob, the flip-side of Aaron’s tale.
Tribble and Wingo decided to use the popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, to raise money for their movie.
**The deadline is Saturday, October 19, 2013, to make a pledge!!!**
The duo kindly answered a few questions about this exciting project.
SW: How did you get involved with this project?
DW: Kipp and I have been “partners in crime” for over a decade. This has been a project in development for almost as long. It’s truly a brilliant story created and written by Kipp. I’ve helped out in the rewriting process, giving notes, feedback, etc. For many years now, we’ve been developing it together for the screen. It’s been one of our babies… one of the projects we’re most passionate about.
KT: The story was originally just about Aaron. In the story, Aaron disappears from a New Year’s Eve party and returns several years later, now claiming to be a man named Jacob. It quickly became apparent that we also needed to tell Jacob’s side of the story. Once the draft was finished, I had a 170-page script on my hands, which is way too long for a feature, so we hit upon the idea to do two films. Each one tells one side of the story, but neither are sequels or prequels, so you can watch them in either order. From the beginning, Derik and I knew we would direct and produce the films, so we’ve always operated with that in mind.
While these are not time travel films, people suddenly being displaced in time is a large part of the stories. Some of history’s greatest thinkers have debated time travel for years, and some people have claimed to lose time and/or travel via a time slip. We touch on many of these ideas, including the dark matter in our galaxy that is blamed for unexplained happenings throughout history. It’s been fun to take some of these topics and apply them to our stories while adding our own spin on these ideas.
SW: Is there any symbolism with the names Jacob and Aaron?
KT: There was no special significance other than I wanted to give them Biblical names.
SW: Why November 31?
KT: The story was always going to be a winter-set story around the holidays. The visions that Aaron and Jacob share in the days leading up to their disappearances include a date that is scrawled on a prison wall. The date was removed from the calendar by the church after the execution in 1581 in their attempt to “erase” the events of that day. So those things all considered, 11/31 are the numbers that appear like scratch marks on a wall, and October and December already have 31 days, so 11/31 became the date.
SW: What about the graphic novels?
DW: You know when you’re on a special project like “Chronology” because it begins to take on a life of its own. It happens as people start joining in to help and bring new ideas to a project.
As Kipp and I sought to bring to life the story of “Chronology” through storyboards, concept art, etc, we began collaborating with the wonderful artists at Shadowmark Productions, (who), in addition to storyboards specialize in graphic novels. It wasn’t long before brainstorming sessions began to broaden as we discussed the complex backstories. Before we knew it we were discussing that as the films themselves are companion pieces, what if there was a companion graphic novel series as well to really expand on the stories of all the characters and phenomenons touched on in the films…
And stay tuned, we’re even conceptualizing beyond the films and possibly expanding “Chronology“ into an exciting series (shhhh… still very much in the developmental stage).
KT: There are backstories that are touched on in the films, but not fully explored. For instance, a man executed by the church in 1581 is discussed, but we won’t learn the full extent of how he is connected to this time rift phenomenon over 400 years later until his graphic novel.
This represents some of the stories we will be exploring in the graphic novels, including introducing new characters that are also experiencing this phenomenon. And yes, we are already hammering out ideas for a TV series!
SW: Why should people contribute; i.e., what makes this film so great other than that Kevin Sorbo is in it?
DW: Well, yes, obviously seeing Kevin (which is the biggest reason)…
Kevin says it best in the video, “Projects of this nature, which are so daring and unique, require a special type of financing…” This is absolutely true – it IS a unique and innovative project, and would be considered too big of a risk for most studios, executives, financiers, etc. And further, would stand very little chance of being produced as an independent film (we know, we’ve been trying for years). The new rise in crowdfunding, specifically, Kickstarter, provides an incredible opportunity and platform for films such as these to be financed (and) supported by fans, friends and family, in a sense, giving the audience a voice in what they want to see… a choice in entertainment that speaks to them. Also, instead of simply spectating, I think it gives the audience, fans, etc. a sense of participation and excitement in being a part of a project and making it yours. We invite and support that sentiment, that sense of community. We’ve also included dozens of fun and even enriching rewards as just a small token of our great appreciation.
KT: The idea of companion films is something different and has excited us for some time now. But, like Derik said, getting funding for a project like this can be very challenging, so in order to continue seeing films and TV series produced that bring a fresh approach to the medium, we all have to join together and support these types of projects. We’d love to see more of the “little guys” getting their films financed, and crowdfunding provides us with those opportunities.
When you decide to join us, we’ve included step-by-step instructions at the bottom of the Kickstarter page on how to donate and help bring “Chronology” to life.
Please help us surpass our goal and share with us in making “Chronology” a great movie experience. We sincerely thank all of you for your generous contributions…
Are you ready to go on this journey with us?!
Here is the Kickstarter link to donate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1933428003/chronology/pledge/new?clicked_reward=false
CHRONOLOGY OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER VIDEO STARRING KEVIN SORBO
GRAPHIC NOVEL TEASER VIDEO, FEATURING DYON’S STORY
JOHNNY ALONSO TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH KIPP & DERIK
(Images and videos courtesy of Kevin Sorbo, Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo, and Shadowmark Productions)