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Devon Bagby Talks About the Showtime Hit Series “Ray Donovan.”

Devon Bagby can be seen in the brand new Showtime hit series “Ray Donovan” as ‘Conor,’ son to Ray, played by Liev Schreiber and grandson to Mickey who is played by Jon Voight. He has also worked on the DreamWorks animated project “Puss and Boots” and also guest starred on an episode of “CSI: NY.”

Devon was able to chat with me about his role on “Ray Donovan” and what he learned from Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.

Art Eddy: First off I have to say congratulations on having “Ray Donovan” being picked up for another season on Showtime. How exciting was it to hear that news?

Devon Bagby: It was absolutely amazing. I felt so proud of Ann Biderman. Her writing and creation is genius and our team of writers have a talent of bringing her characters to life. I’m always excited for the next script and the table reads brought an energy to our entire team. Just being at the table reads made you feel like season 2 would be coming. Ray Donovan was cast perfectly. Every single cast member brings something unique to the table and there is a character for every audience member to love. I am so blessed to be a part of this team.

AE: Did you and rest of the cast kind of see this coming since the pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime?

DB: I think most of us knew it was coming from reading the scripts. You could tell just reading the scripts with the cast members together that something special was happening. I mean really, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey as a family.

Then pack on top of that, Steven Bauer, Elliot Gould, Johnathon Schaech, Denise Crosby, Brook Smith, James Woods, Rosanna Arquette, Ambyr Childers and more. It is just an overwhelming amount of talent. When you have that much talent sitting at one large table, it’s like lightning bolts.

I’ve often wanted to count how many years of experience, how many films, TV shows and plays this cast has accomplished. It would be an amazing figure for sure.

AE: You play as Conor, who is the son to Ray, played by Liev Schreiber and grandson to Mickey who is played by Jon Voight.  What has it been like to work with them?

DB: It’s been surreal. I am having the opportunity of a lifetime. They have both taught me so much. They have taken me under their wings and taught me hands on tips based on their experience that you cannot learn in an acting class. I am definitely a better actor after working with them and I learn something new every day. They are forming who I am as an actor along with the amazing directors. I will always be grateful to them.

AE: Do you ever ask them about any acting tips since these two have been in the business for a long time?

DB: Jon and Liev have both given me advice. They are eager to make the scene real. That’s what I love about them. Between the both of them there is over 75 years of acting experience. As an actor life doesn’t get better than that. Ray Donovan is the best acting school any actor could possibly ask for.

AE: How has your character evolved from the first episode to now?

DB: Conor is getting older every episode. He is entering his teen years full force. He is starting to take on some character traits of the male role models in his life. He has a temper but if you notice he has a special bond with his father. He can’t lie to him. He has no problem lying but he won’t lie to his Dad. Conor also has a way of finding trouble. I have a feeling that Conor will continue to find trouble as we watch him grow up.

AE: What was the audition process like for this role?

DB: I had to go back quite a few times. When I met Ann Biderman, Bryan Zuriff and John Papsidera all together there was a very good energy in the room. The next meeting included our award winning director Allen Coulter. I had no idea who he was as I was only 13. The very minute I met this man I knew I had to work with him. I wanted nothing more in my entire life. The way he directed me during the process brought my instinct out. It immediately felt like i had arrived as an actor. I was blessed the day I met him and I was blessed they all chose me.

AE: You also were in an episode of “CSI:NY.” What was it to be on that set?

DB: “CSI:NY” was a great show. I think meeting Gary Sinise was the highlight of “CSI:NY” for me. I respect him as an actor immensely. I hope to work with him again in the future.

AE: What is the next project that you are looking to work on?

DB: When I’m on hiatus from “Ray Donovan”, I’m looking forward to a feature film. I have read a few scripts but haven’t found the right one yet. I have faith that it will come soon. Things move fast in Hollywood.

HeadBlade looking to make grooming easier with the ATX All Terrain Razor

The ATX All Terrain Razor may look like a snow mobile made for an action figure, but the ATX is not a joke. The latest edition from HeadBlade has multiple blades on the razor that allow it to form to your head and a handy grip on the top of device allows you to follow a smooth path all around your head. The blade’s grip is designed for your forefinger, middle finger and pinkie finger to slide into comfortably. The circular grip can even be adjusted to fit your hand. You don’t need to apply any pressure to the blades since the wheels help out with a perfect shave.

The ATX All Terrain Razor has been in development for over three years. It had to pass four official mandates before hitting store shelves. One was to utilize new multi-blade technology that had flow through design. Second it needed to eliminate the learning curve for anyone who previously used a conventional razor. Next HeadBlade wanted it to be an effective and versatile face, body, and leg shaver. Lastly they wanted it to be a faster, easier, and more efficient head shave than any previous HeadBlade.

The HeadBlade ATX comes standard with our HB4 blades and is also compatible with the HB6. The HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Razor is available with a suggested retail price of $15 at headblade.com.

The ATX All Terrain Razor utilizes HeadBlade’s patented finger ring and car-like suspension, but the new design now has the blade suspended in the back by a spring action device, reducing any learning curve and virtually eliminating the chance of nicks or cuts.

So if you are fan of the Lex Luthor or Howie Mandel look you might want to give HeadBlade a try.

Going to the Vans Warped Tour? Don’t forget to get your Wicked Audio Swag Bag

Wicked Audio, manufacturers of stylish headphones for the rocker in all of us, recently teamed up with ZING Revolution and Virtual Piggy as official sponsors for Vans Warped Tour this summer.

In its 19th year, Vans Warped Tour is once again journeying through the United States and Europe as the top alternative rock tour in America. Big names at this year’s show include Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids and Motion City Soundtrack. Tickets are available now on Live Nation.

You can find Wicked Audio’s edgy audio line at the ZING Revolution tent. From in-ear buds to over-ear headphones, concertgoers can purchase Wicked Audio’s collection of high quality headphones that won’t compromise your individual rocker style. With options like Wicked Audio’s Heist, Metallic, Mojo and Wicked headphones, everyone will find their perfect pair.

ZING Revolution is also offering its wide selection of eDevice skins as the official vinyl skin distributor for the Warped Tour. ZING Revolution is a leading provider in pop culture and personalized cases and skins for electronic devices. Virtual Piggy, a website that teaches kids the responsibility of online spending through parental supervision, will also be at ZING Revolution’s tent.

Check out Wicked Audio, ZING Revolution and Virtual Piggy at the ZING Revolution tent when Vans Warped Tour stops by your town from June 15th to August 4th.

If you can’t make it to Vans Warped Tour this year, you can check out Wicked Audio’s collection of headphones at www.wickedaudio.com.

5 Tech Savvy Gadgets/Apps to upgrade your toys

Here are few sweet upgrades that you can add to your smartphone or tablet. They are a handful of apps and gadgets that will turn your device into even more of a Swiss army knife.

RunPee App

The first one is called the RunPee app. This app is always being updated each day when movies are released. This app notifies you with the best time to run and pee during your favorite movies without missing anything important. After you chug the 3 gallon soda that is considered a small at the theaters, you will need to know when the optimal time to go to the bathroom will be.

The RunPee app also helps you know if there is anything extra after the end credits and even gives you a synopsis of the first 3 minutes of a movie in case you’re running late. There a feature that has a timer that will vibrate your phone before each peetime. This allows you to use the app to watch a movie and not bother people around you in the theatre. It runs on iPhone, Android, and Windows devices.

Outdoor Tech: DJ Slims

Outdoor Tech made wireless headphones with a built-in microphone for hands-free call availability. The DJ Slims are very light and have a low profile. I used these gems while I was running and they stayed in place. I loved the fact that these headphones were wireless so I didn’t have to worry about wires getting in my way while I was working out.

The DJ Slims wirelessly connect with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. The headphones connected easily to my iPhone after I had the initially charged the DJ Slims. Speaking of charging the headphones, the battery life goes for nine hours and had a range of 30 feet. There is also a built-in microphone that allows you to make and receive hands-free calls from anywhere, any time. These sell for around $64 and you can get them at Amazon.com

Carbon Audio LLC: Zooka

Carbon Audio created the Zooka. No it is not a new dance move or a character in “The Hobbit” films. The Zooka is a Red Dot Award winning design and top-selling wireless Bluetooth speaker. Zooka is a wireless speaker designed to be as mobile as your media. With a 30-foot Bluetooth range, multiple vibrant colors, and a low price point there are more than a few reasons for you to listen “LOUDERER” with Zooka. So whether its movies, music or a video of a toy monkey playing the drums, you can be sure you’ll hear it louder.

It has a built-in microphone that enhances the use of Skype and FaceTime, and is perfect for incoming and outgoing phone calls. The Zooka slides onto the edge of your laptop giving you portability without inhibiting the use of the camera. It also has a kickstand that can be added to the iPad to create a perfect viewing angle.

Outdoor Tech: Turtle Shell

Outdoor Tech has made it on the list for a second time with the Turtle Shell. This portable speaker is a water and dust resistant Bluetooth do-anything, go-anywhere Hi-Fi boom box. It features an angular, triangle-themed construction that fits in as well in the house as it does the outdoors.  The Turtle Shell has a rubber-coated shell to keep out dust and absorb substantial impacts. Just like the DJ Slims, the Turtle Shell wirelessly connects with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device and streams crystal clear audio up to 30 feet for up to 9 hours.

Geneva: WorldRadio

Geneva takes a contemporary take on the classic radio receiver combined with Bluetooth technology and HiFi sound. The WorldRadio receives all available radio stations using the broadcasting technologies of FM, long and short wave radio of a forgotten era. It also features a powerful audio system, digital color display with touch controls, digital FM tuner, Bluetooth receiver, and alarm clock.

The WorldRadio has a high-performance amplifier and full-range loudspeaker play mid and high frequencies with absolute accuracy, and produce warm, rich bass below 80Hz. It can receive both FM and digital (DAB+ version, Europe only) radio stations, and can wirelessly stream Internet radio stations from any Bluetooth-enabled device.