Beyond the bite- Kat Graham of Vampire Diaries

Originally published on Examiner.com

OpportunityNation, a campaign powered by the people to focus on the revitalization of the American Dream, announces today the launch of its “Mentor Chat Series,” Kat Graham. The series will allow the general public to engage with opinion leaders and successful industry experts. The series serves to provide tangible tools and advice to people as they pursue their dream career.

As a multi-hyphenate in the entertainment industry, Miss. Graham will speak about her experience breaking into the industry and the people and organizations that helped her along the way. After a string of guest spots and commercial gigs starting at age six, Graham was selected at 17 by the Coca-Cola company to star as one of the “Fantanas” in an international campaign to promote their soft drink, Fanta. An advocate for education, she also completed her college degree in recording engineering during this time. Since joining as a regular on the hit series “Vampire Diaries,” Graham has continued pursuing her passion in music, recently completing a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas and releasing her first single, SASSY.

Fans can join the conversation by submitting questions for Miss Graham at OpportunityNation.org/MentorChats and watch the LIVE interview with Kat and E! correspondent, Michael Yo on April 26th at 1 pm PT to see their questions answered and hear advice on creating a path to doing what you love and overcoming adversities along the way. Question submissions will also be accepted during the live chat by tweeting them @oppnation or posting on the organization’s Facebook, Facebook.com/OpportunityNation.

OpportunityNation is the newest campaign of Be The Change, the organization that launched ServiceNation and the civilian-military initiative ServiceNation: Mission Serve with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma J. Powell.

Kat Graham’s Website

 

Renee O’Connor is no longer Xena’s sidekick

Originally published on Examiner.com June 2010
Dallas Prime Time TV Examiner
Kandie Delley

Renee O’Connor is going Beyond the Farthest Star

Native Texan, Renee O’Connor, whom you Xena fans will remember as the feisty blonde sidekick Gabrielle, is co-starring with fellow Texan, Todd Terry in a film Written and Directed by Andrew Librizzi.

Renee portrays character Maureen Wells in the independent, faith-based film, “Beyond the Farthest Star”.  In the movie, Maureen is a spiritually embattled preacher’s wife with a deep family secret.

Also at the helm of this film is another Texas actor, Benjamin Dane, known for his roles in TV shows like Friday Night Lights and the recent, short-lived ABC series, The Deep End. Ben has extended his charm and good looks into Hollywood with additional roles in multi-award winning Echoes of Innocence, Sweet Hideaway, and Significant Other and now has stepped in the producer’s role with Beyond the Farthest Star.

For more news, images and video go to AUSXIP Renee O’Connor Beyond The Farthest Star Subsite

Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Kristen Bell

The main character Peter, [portrayed by Jason Segal], is a TV/film composer who’s relationship with famed actress Sarah Marshall [Kristen  Bell of  NBC’s The Good Place] comes to a halt.

To forget his woes he tries everything from crying to sleeping with random women until he finally decides to go on a vacation to Hawaii.  He believes he’ll have a relaxing time until he learns that his ex is at the same resort with her ‘new man’.  He befriends the hotel concierge Rachel [Mila Kunis] and embarks on a weeks journey of sorting through his emotions and rebuilding.

What I liked about the Movie:

The overall concept was good and the beautiful scenes of Hawaii [IF THAT WAS HAWAII] you never know these days.  The lead actor, Jason Segal, who also wrote the film, reminds me of a ‘Judge Reinhold’ type.  I adored Judge in the 48 hours movie franchise with Eddie Murphy, so I tried to be open to ‘Jason’s’ movie/ acting. He portrays a likable character but overly sensitive for a guy.  There were some laughs in there and it kept me occupied enough to care about the ending.

What I didn’t like about the movie:

They could have done more with the storyline.  It just shows that if you know the right people you can get pretty much anything a greenlight.  This movie reminds me of all the movies involving Seth Rogan, with the exception of Pineapple Express (loved it) and Superbad [above average humor], I’m not a big-time Seth Rogan fan, therefore, since F.S.M is similar to Seth’s movie, I’m not crazy about it either.

This movie had okay points but Jason Segal just loves to show his family jewels throughout the film.  YES, you read it correctly.  RAW, NO shame in his game.  He bares all, gives the full monty a handful of times.  After too many flashes of too bland flesh, I can only surmise his full nudity was real [can anyone confirm that?].

Now, if he was some serious eye-candy, then that would actually be a treat. I bought this movie as part of the 4 movies for $20 at Blockbuster’s going out of biz sale so…

My rating:  I would say sneak your food in, but it’s no longer at theaters and I watched it on DVD.  If you liked the movie ‘Knocked Up’, you may like this.  Needless to say I didn’t like ‘Knocked Up’ either.

Stepbrothers starring Will Ferrell

Originally published on FilmReviews2Go

I’ve been waiting to see this movie for quite a while.  I just never thought it was BIG SCREEN material and waited for DVD.  Although I’m glad I made that decision, don’t get me wrong, the movie had me cracking up.  It is seriously funny.  Still, it’s better on DVD for me.  John C. Reilly is really branching further out into his comedy.  I’ve always thought he was a pretty good actor but ever since the movie,‘Never Been Kissed’, with Drew Barrymore, I’ve just gotten more into his work.

And Will, the comedian /actor who loves to take off his shirt [why I don’t know b/c it’s not like he has fit abs] has always been a staple guy [in my opinion] from Saturday Night Live.

When I see his movies I expect them to be akin to Ben Stiller/ Adam Sandler movies. Full of humor [some raunchy] and underlying tones of socially taboo subjects.

About the Movie:
Brennan Huff and Dale Doback [Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly] are 40 something men still living at home. Their parents meet during a lecture and hit it off, fast forward they get married which brings the men under one roof.  That’s when the fun starts, the competition for ‘prince of the castle’ and adjusting to a life with new family members.  The men are slackers who have pinched off their parents far too long and now this ‘union’ has forced them to take stock of their lives and what action to take as adults.

Eventually a mutual rival [Brennan’s older brother] comes to town and unifies the men and they learn they have more in common than they thought, namely music.

What I liked about the movie:
Will is always funny to watch.  Good slapstick humor doesn’t slow the pacing. Not to serious but not too goofy either.

What I didn’t like:
I got what I expected and was cool with it. They stick to the formula which is good and not so good.  I think the only downside for me was Kathryn Huff’s character. It just annoyed me. I liked her better on ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’.

My rating:   At the theaters this would be a Hot Dog and a Soda rating.

But on DVD [for the type of movie it is] it borders between a 2.5 and 3 star rating.

I like to laugh since I can tend to be on the serious side. Therefore anything that Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell come out with, chances are I’ll eventually see it if not at the theaters then on DVD.

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2008’s Top 10 action and adventure films

Here’s my 10 2008 Favorite Movies
Action & Adventure:
  1. Iron Man
  2. The Dark Knight 
  3. Wanted
  4. The Mummy: Tomb of Dragon Emperor
  5. 10,000 BC
  6. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  7. Max Payne
  8. Transporter 3
  9. Quantum of Solace
  10. Bangkok Dangerous

Do you agree or disagree? What are your top 10 Action Movies for 2008?

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