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    Lee recently weighed in on the Quentin Tarantino film about an American slave seeking revenge, saying in an interview, “it’s disrespectful to my ancestors, to see that film” and then tweeting, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

    Speaking with the Guardian, Foxx was candid in his response to Lee’s comment. "The question for me is: where's Spike Lee coming from? He didn't like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn't like Tyler Perry, he doesn't like anybody, I think he's sort of run his course.”

    Foxx added, "I mean, I respect Spike, he's a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he's taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that's irresponsible.”

    "Django Unchained" has become the best box office film domestically in Tarantino's career, and with five Oscar nominations.


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    Producer Anthony Preston Tweeted he and Sandy Vee crafted a song for Album 8 and hope it makes the final cut.

    Just had another listen to a co-prod me and @sandyveeNYC are workin up for @britneyspears. I hope @iamwill likes this s*** as much as I do!

    Anthony Preston’s worked closely with David Guetta, and produced songs for Christina Milian, Brian Lee,, Nicole Scherzinger, LMFAO, Lil Wayne, FloRida, Cutfather, Paris Hilton, Natasha Bedingfeld and Jennifer Hudson. Sandy Vee co-produced Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)”, “Firework” by Katy Perry, and 8 songs on the David Guetta album One Love.

    Looks like the rumors of Album 8 being less dancey is BS, and the rumors of Will.I.Am executive producing the album are true.

    NO! OMG! I'm a mess! I'm crying, I'm in pain! Why! WHY!?!?!

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    Juno Temple and Michael Angarano star as John and Alice, a broke couple who discover an enchanted teapot. This magical device dispenses money every time one of them get hurt. Check out the first footage from director Ramaa Mosley's indie drama, also starring Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat, and Matt Walsh.


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    Performing His New Single, "Gone, Gone, Gone"


    Jimmy Kimmel Live

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    Jennifer Hudson, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    Jennifer Hudson, Skylan Brooks, and Alicia Keys, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    Alicia Keys, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, John Krokidas (director), Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, and Jack Huston, Kill Your Darlings

    Daniel Radcliffe, Kill Your Darlings

    Ben Foster, Kill Your Darlings

    Michael C. Hall, Kill Your Darlings

    Rick Springfield, Sound City

    Aden Young, Clayne Crawford, J. Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens, and Ray McKinnon (director), Rectify

    Abigail Spencer, Rectify

    Adelaide Clemens, Rectify

    Ray McKinnon, Rectify

    Gaby Hoffman and Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy

    Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy

    Augustine Silva, Sebastian Silva (director), and Juan Andres Silva, Crystal Fairy

    Brie Larson, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

    Brie Larson, The Spectacular Now

    Nick Damici (co-writer), Kelly McGillis, Julia Garner, Jim Mickle (director/co-writer), Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, and Wyatt Russell, We Are What We Are

    Ambyr Childers, Bill Sage, and Julia Garner, We Are What We Are

    Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, and Tony Okungbowa, Mother of George

    Pablo Larrain (director) and Gael Garcia Bernal, No

    Cherien Dabis (writer/director), Hiam Abbass, Nadine Malouf, Alia Shawkat, and Ritu Singh, May in the Summer

    Alia Shawkat, May in the Summer

    Bill Pullman, May in the Summer

    G.J. Echternkamp (director), Brent Chase, Robert Baker, Ben Messmer, and Katie Savoy, Virtually Heroes

    G.J. Echternkamp (director) and Roger Corman (producer), Virtually Heroes

    Lucy Walker (director) and Kevin Pearce, The Crash Reel

    Ben Wheatley (director), Sightseers

    Freida Mock (director) and Anita Hill, Anita

    Alexandra Pelosi and Jim McGreevey, Fall to Grace

    Tom Rothman (Sundance judge)

    Louis Sutherland (director), Kevin Paulo, Jacek Koman, Laura Petersen, Byron Coll, and Mark Albiston (director), Shopping


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    'Twilight's' Stephenie Meyer developing 'Anna Dressed in Blood'

    Now that the "Twilight" franchise is behind her, Stephenie Meyer, the woman who created the vampire world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, is upping her efforts in a different department: movie producing.

    And Meyer has a juicy new project, The Times has learned: "Anna Dressed in Blood," a young-adult ghost story from the acclaimed author Kendare Blake.

    Blake's book is a supernatural tale about a man named Cas who travels the world killing the dead -- he's a ghost hunter, essentially -- but runs up against a vexing case in the ghost of Anna, a woman who was brutally murdered in 1958 and who continues to haunt a small-town home.

    The book generated hugely positive reviews when it came out last summer. And wouldn't you know it: Critics are already comparing it to a certain blockbuster franchise. "Cinematic and compelling. Blake’s smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd," wrote Booklist.

    Meyer and her producing partner at company Fickle Fish have optioned the book’s rights and begun developing the film, with Meyer set to produce (but probably not write), according to a person familiar with the project who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about it publicly.

    Meyer brought "Austenland," a story about a woman who attends a Jane Austen fantasy camp, to the Sundance Film Festival. The movie is the first she's producing that isn't based on a book she wrote. (YA author Shannon Hale, a friend of Meyer’s through author circles, wrote the original novel). Directed by Jerusha Hess and starring Keri Russell as the protagonist, the film received a warm reception Friday at Sundance and looks likely to score a distribution deal in the coming days for Meyer, who was a primary financier on the film, and other backers.

    Meyer is also producing "The Host," an Andrew Niccol-directed supernatural scifi tale due in March that's based on a book she did write, and as a producer she's also developing another ghost story, "Down a Dark Hall," based on Lois Duncan’s '70s-set novel.


    I haven't read this one yet, but CC blurbed it so I'm not very enticed to be honest. And the fact that it's printed in red makes my eyes bleed.

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    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to flex its moral muscle in the professional sports arena, the Vatican has invited top-tier Christian athletes Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin to help bring ethical values back to a scandal-ridden world of sports.

    The Pontifical Council for Culture is planning to host an international conference on re-instilling values in sports this spring, inviting representatives from top world governing bodies like FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football), the International Cycling Union and the Italian National Olympic Committee.

    Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's "Culture and Sport" section, told Catholic News Service Jan. 16 that pro sports "have become a commodity that is subordinate to the free market and, therefore, to profit."

    Instead of sports being an activity that builds important values, respects human dignity and helps shape the whole human person, "it has reduced people to merchandise," he said.

    U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission to doping was just the tip of the iceberg, he said, since high-stakes commercial interests pressure almost every professional cyclist into the illegal practice. The world of cycling and soccer is "a world that is rotten," he said.

    "We want to work with the big sports bodies to give new value to sports"and the upcoming conference -- titled "We Believe in Sports" -- will be one way to get that initiative started, the monsignor said.

    The council will also have Catholic and other Christian athletes in attendance, to give witness to how the worlds of faith and sports can easily come together.

    He said the council hoped its participant line-up would include two high-profile Christian U.S. sports stars: NFL quarterback Tim Tebow of the New York Jets, and NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets.

    The goal of the conference is two-fold, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca said.

    First: "to help put healthy values back into sport and counteract the current market logic, because if the current state of affairs continues, all is lost."

    Second: to help the church see sport as an important resource for future priests, Catholic schools, parishes and catechists.

    The former-modern pentathlete-turned-priest said the council also wants to hold a "Race of Faith" -- a 100-meter jog, shuffle or sprint up the Via della Conciliazione toward St. Peter's Square during the gathering.

    "We want to see lots of cardinals in tracksuits, too," he said.


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    Last summer I spent two days in Auckland, New Zealand to check out the set of TriStar and FilmDistrict’s upcoming Evil Dead remake. I’m not going to mince words here, I have never walked away from a set this confident and hopeful that a movie will turn out well. With a lot of these visits you get the feeling that people are just fort of putting on their best face to meet you, and you’re not entirely convinced of their commitment to making a great movie.

    Not here. Fede Alvarez is not f*cking around. Neither is producer Rob Tapert. Nor are Robert Gillies (the production designer) or Roger Murray (the prosthetics and props maker). The film’s DP, Aaron Morton, isn’t f*cking around either when it comes to getting those crazy roving tree shots we love so much. And the cast? Enduring all of the prosthetics, pain and hundreds of gallons of blood? Not f*cking around. I’m not talking about a bunch of disinterested dilettantes talking about “how much they love the project.” I’m talking about seeing the bloody proof of it firsthand. I’m not just talking about the scenes we witnessed, but the messy aftermath of everything they’d been shooting up until that point. You just can’t fake a production like this for two days while press is around.

    Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas star in the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film. It hits theaters on April 12th, 2013. Be sure to read PART ONE and PART TWO for a more in depth analysis on this visit.

    Then head inside for a bonus 10 Facts About The New ‘Evil Dead’

    Everything I saw onset backed up claims by Alvarez that there would be no CGI in the film. I didn’t see any green screens and I saw tons of evidence of well executed practical gags. Even if they wind up using a little bit of it in the film, it’s probably just for small stuff like wire removal etc…

    Per producer Rob Tapert, “I have always been exceedingly concerned about [getting an NC-17]. The woman who guided ‘The Grudge’ through to get a PG-13 assured us that ‘oh no, nothing in this is gonna get you an NC-17.’ I keep bumping up against that self-mutilation thing. And because they swing so much as to what they decide on a weekly basis is an NC-17 or an R or a PG-13, I just don’t know. But FilmDistrict, who bought this…they all said, ‘we want this the hardest R you guys can give us…’”

    Jane Levy recounts filming it, “At one point I vomit all over somebody. A lot of vomit. Like, a sh*t-ton of fluid. I had a tube practically down my throat, and I’m on top of this girl and vomiting all over her. When you actually do something like that – I don’t think I can actually describe the sensation – but I actually went to the corner and cried. I’m really sensitive. But I felt like I was really drowning my friend Jessica, it felt so bad. I was shaking.” Of course it’s not actual vomit, I just know that some of you were thinking it was a CG effect based on the trailer. It isn’t.

    DP Aaron Morgan on working to create the effect, “In the original there’s a lot of stuff where things are careening in and careening out of control. And we wanted to get to that point. So I wanted to start to infer that with our camera movements so there’s a lot of rolling. And there’s a lot of really fast movement through trees.”

    A real one in Woodhill Forest and a more destroyable one on a soundstage.

    A few feet away from the cabin in Woodhill Forest sits a dilapidated recreation of “The Classic” – Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88. It’s rusty, covered in pine needles and moss.

    It’s called the “Naturan Demanto” – which is how it is referred to in the recording they listen to in the original film. Three of the books have been made for the production. Due to copyright issues with the original artist, the book has been significantly redesigned. Instead of a dried face, the binding is now assembled with large chunks of stitched-together flesh.

    There’s still so much you haven’t seen. I’m truly excited to see how it plays out onscreen myself.

    Alverez comments “I know we ordered a truck the other day that was… 50,000 gallons? Just for one scene! The violence is over the top. The showdown, that’s right there behind the wall [referring to the storyboards] you can see there is raining blood. So you can imagine that it’s gonna get to quite an outrageous, over the top, chainsaw action, raining blood…it just goes crazy, right.”

    And scarier in my opinion. This film is much darker than the original and it’s designed to scare people who have been watching horror movies for the past 30 years. The revamped approach to the makeup matches that aesthetic. The pronounced jaw and ocular cavities are gone, allowing for a more haunting visage for whomever is unlucky enough to be possessed.


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    Nick Jonas: 'Cat On a Hot Tin Roof' Opening Night


    Nick Jonas suits up for opening night of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof held at Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City on Thursday night (January 17). The 20-year-old musician tweeted his congrats to the cast. “Enjoyed seeing my friend @park24hrs tonight in Cat on a hot tin roof. Congrats Michael! And the entire cast of the show,” he wrote. In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers just added a few new dates to their upcoming South American tour.






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    The controversial painting was once banned from Liverpool town hall because it looked nothing like the Queen and her neck was "too long”. Embarrassed council chiefs ordered it to be hidden from public view in the vaults.

    But now the artwork, which councillors have tried to hide for more than half a century, will hang in the city’s St George's Hall.

    The painting was rejected when it was commissioned for the Queen's Coronation but has been salvaged to commemorate the event’s 60th anniversary.

    Even the artist John Napper, who created it in 1952, famously said it was "a beautiful painting of a queen, but not this Queen".

    Originally the Liverpool Corporation refused to hang it in the Town Hall. It hung briefly in the Walker Art Gallery instead, but has spent much of the last 61 years in storage.

    But today, trustees at St George's Hall announced that the portrait will be permanently shown there to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

    Liverpool's deputy Lord Mayor Gary Millar, a trustee of the hall, said: "We are very proud that Liverpool now has the original first painting hanging in St George's Hall, which has been rehung to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

    "It will be the first thing people will see if they come to get married or have a civil partnership or attend a citizenship ceremony."

    The painting is Napper's second portrait of the Queen to be put on display in Liverpool.

    After his first version was rejected by the council, he painted a second with a smaller neck, which was finally accepted by Liverpool town hall and still hangs there today.

    Cllr Millar said: "It strengthens the link between the city's two civic buildings.

    "The second version of the John Napper painting is hanging in the town hall and we have the original here.

    “It is an honour for us to work with the friends of the hall, the staff there and the city council to rehang this beautiful painting."

    The controversial portrait was unveiled just days after the Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait by Paul Emsley was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery to mixed reviews from the art world.

    A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: "We do not comment on any of the portraits of Her Majesty The Queen."

    Mr Napper’s widow Pauline said today: “I remember the painting well. He was disappointed with the angle at which he painted it, he only had one sitting.

    “I was due to be hung up high so that you would look at it from below. If you looked at it from that angle it looked normal.

    “Then when they showed it they didn’t put it up high and then it didn’t look like the Queen.

    Speaking from the home they once shared in Ludlow, Shropshire, she added: “It is a beautiful painting, obviously he would have been pleased that it is going on display. I am pleased too, it is a beautiful portrait.”

    Mr Napper, who died in 2001 aged 84, painted both the Queen and Lady Churchill during the 1950s.

    Prince Charles, whose portrait he painted in 1996, was an established fan and collector of his works

    Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie recently visited Berlin and Hanover. The royal sisters are were in Germany to supporting the government's GREAT initiative, promoting the UK abroad.

    To mark their daughter, Farah Pahlavi nineth birthday, Prince Reza and his wife, Yasmine Pahlavi have posted two pictures on their facebook accounts

    January 19, 2013, Thimphu: Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck launched the book ‘Jewel in the Crown’, which tells the story of the Royal Wedding with digital illustrations. The book was published by BMC Private Ltd.

    Members of the Dutch Royal Family attend the new year reception at the Royal Palace

    Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her three children atte attends the Monte-Carlo 37th International Circus Festival on January 18, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
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    'Zero Dark Thirty' star Jessica Chastain 'not dating Tom Hiddleston'


    Jessica Chastain has denied that she's dating Thor tar Tom Hiddleston.

    Earlier this week, the Zero Dark Thirt actress was romantically linked to Tom Hiddleston, after reports that she had visited his family and friends this Christmas.

    "Why would they say that?" she told USA Today. "It's not true at all. It's funny, two weeks ago I was dating - I'm not dating

    "But there was a rumour on Page 6 that I was dating [co-star] Edgar Ramirez. I love him, but he's just my friend."


    Michael Fassbender as you’ve never seen him before - alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson in 'Frank'

    hopefully his face is hidden during the entire running time

    You'll never guess who the man in the middle is so we won’t even make you try – it’s Michael Fassbender as you’ve never seen him, in character for his new role as the lead in a film called Frank, currently shooting in New Mexico.

    That’s Maggie Gyllenhaal on one side of Fass, and fellow Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan, on the other. Frank, directed by Irishman Lenny Abrahamson, is a comedy loosely based on the life of English musician Chris Sievey, who also created a comic persona for himself by the name of Frank Sidebottom – complete with cartoonish face

    Fassbender will appear with the funny face throughout the film, according to producer Ed Guiney.

    "Michael is Michael after all, even with a fiberglass head on. He keeps the head on for all the scenes in the film. Everyone's just got used to it," Guiney told the Irish Independent from location in New Mexico, where filming started last Friday. says Frank is about “a young wannabe musician called Jon (Gleeson) who finds himself a little out of his depth among a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious titular character, Frank (Fassbender).

    The film’s budget is pegged at €5 million, and production will eventually shift to Ireland. (Fassbender was raised in Killarney, Co. Kerry by his Irish mother and German dad). It’s due for release later this year.


    Benedict Cumberbatch Is One Of Forbes's 'Stars To Watch In 2013'

    Another star we’re keeping an eye on this year is Benedict Cumberbatch. The British actor already has legions of fans from his work o Sherlock, an update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series. This year he’ll co-star in one of th most anticipated movie of 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. There’s been a lot of speculation that the character Cumberbatch is playing is Khan, the bad guy from the second tar Trek ovie in 1982. But the star has sai his character’s name is John Harrison.

    Fans will also be able to hear (but not see) Cumberbatch in the upcoming sequel t The Hobbit. Cumberbatch voices the dragon Smaug.

    more at the source about the other stars to watch

    op's note: there are no photos of all three of them together so i had to improvise.

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  • 01/19/13--17:13: Hilary Duff Post !

  • Leah Miller posted this to her instagram, hilary and leah recently got matching tattoos, hilary and leah have been for friends for 8 years now.

    Visiting a friend in Beverly Hills with Luca January 10th

    At Pilates in Los Angeles January 15th

    Leaving the Doctor's office in Beverly Hills January 16th

    Leaving Chanel with Luca in Los Angeles January 17th

    At the Lakers game with Mike January 17th

    Heading to a lunch business meeting in Los Angeles January 18th

    Hilary and Mike arriving at the Lakers game and waiting in line.


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  • 01/19/13--17:15: Britney Goes Out for Lunch
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    Britney Spears keeps it dressy while arriving at a hotel for lunch on Saturday (January 19) in Los Angeles.The 31-year-old entertainer was escorted from her car into the hotel by her bodyguard.






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  • 01/19/13--17:17: Killing Me Softly
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    Daniel Radcliffe has a new lady in his life! Th Kill Your Darlings ctor is allegedly dating his co-star, Erin Darke. The pair was spotted getting cozy at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

    Daniel and Erin were seen kissing at the party celebrating th premiere f their new film. Erin sat next to Daniel at the bash and “continuously rubbed Radcliffe’s knee”.

    A party-goer at the shindig tol People, “They’ve been dating for a while but have been debating going public.” The film, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, is expected to be released later this year.


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    Pop star CYNDI LAUPER is battling a bout of altitude sickness after flying in to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival on Friday (18Jan13).

    The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun hitmaker is booked to perform at an event for America's AMC and WEtv networks, but she is struggling to overcome an illness as she prepares for the gig.
    In a series of posts, she writes, "I'm in Park City, Utah rt (right) now. Going to sing at the AMC/WEtv party tonight. Got a little of that altitude sickness. Trying to eat vegan."

    The Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford launched the 2013 event on Thursday (17Jan13). The annual bash runs until 27 January (13).

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  • 01/19/13--18:24: Archer Season 4 Press Pack
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  • 01/19/13--18:24: Laura Dern's Enlightened Q&A
  • Q/ Thank you Laura Dern for joining us today. What is your favorite part about playing Amy Jellicoe?

    A/ Despite her complication, Amy is truthful, fearless, and willing to use her voice to make a difference and I love her for it.

    Q/ Brilliantly powerful narrations last night. In an ideal situation, how long would you envision Amy's journey to tell her complete story?

    A/ How many years you got? Amy is definitely the most entertaining character I've gotten to play. I think she can keep her story going in a very interesting way for a long time.

    Q/ Who did your clubbin' look from season one?

    A/ Team Amy! Makeup, hair, wardrobe...I loved the idea that Amy innocently wanted to fit in at a disco but tragically she hasn't been to one since 1992!

    Q/ Hi Laura! Amy is so painfully real. Do you find it difficult sometimes to play her?

    A/ Yes but in a wonderful way. It's been a journey of very big emotion and it's sort of hard to separate out from that when you're in it.

    Q/ Will Amy ever branch out and find a place to live without her mom? I love Diane Ladd so much but I also feel like she's her own character.

    A/ I mean God I hope so, but I feel she may be stuck there for a while. Maybe we can build her a room off the pool area so she at least isn't living 3 feet from her mother at all times.

    Q/ What was the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

    A/ When I was 12 my dog got her period on Scott Baio, need I say more?

    Q/ you have worked with spielberg, david lynch, clint eastwood and now PTA. What director you wish to work with in the future?

    A/ I've worked with Jonathan Demme and Alexander Payne before and I hope to again. Also, I would love to get to add Quentin Tarantino to this list . Of the directors you've mentioned, all of them again and again, I pray.

    Q/ Laura, I love you in Lynch's avant-garde films, do you have any future plans with him? How about your legendary mother?

    A/ I hope I will be working with David for the rest of my life and, yes, we have upcoming plans. Enlightened has offered the thrilling privilege to work with my mom in the longterm, which is pure bliss. Sure hope to work with my dad at some point, as well.

    Q/ Do you and Mike White incorporate your beliefs about spirituality into the show?

    A/ I would think that what we're incorporating are our questions and our longing for spiritual connection, more than a specific belief system.

    Q/ How has Amy changed from Season 1?

    A/ Amy has had incremental growth. And, perhaps, this season her greatest flaw will also be her greatest gift...which means harnessing deep emotion for a greater cause. Still complicated, but useful. I find this dynamic very human.

    Q/ Hi Laura, Is Amy going to explore new love interests instead of trying to fix her ex??

    A/ You're a very intuitive viewer. I think we won't let you down.

    Q/ Hi Laura! My reality is SO SIMILAR to Amy's life in season one. I am an idealist who feels stuck right now. What advice would Amy give me?

    A/ Amy would say "get unstuck!" She might advise (for better or for worse that you should feel everything you're feeling, consider yourself first and be true to that voice deep inside that's been waiting to come out. And Amy wouldn't be worried about wether or not other people want to hear it...that's the challenging part!

    Q/ Hi! I was wondering about the books Amy reads on the show. Are they actually published or are they just "props" with appropriate titles? In any case, did you read any of them (or something similar) in order to prepare for the character? Thanks, Love the show!

    A/ THANK YOU! Keep watching. Yes I read many books to prepare, self-help and political whistle-blower books...but on the show there are many prop books as well as several classic and important books in these arenas like "Rules for Radicals." That was always on Amy's desk.

    Q/ Your and your mother's dynamic on screen is so vital, so authentic; is it ever scary - the blurred lines of character and your real selves?

    A/ For sure in any character an actor portrays, the lines can get very blurred and you must be willing to risk a lot in order to expose a lot perhaps. When it comes to mom and I, our relationship is so different, in real life that playing out this dynamic between Amy and Helen, is only a delicious experiment!

    Q/ did any of this character come from talks or experiences you had with Marianne Williamson? I love this show!

    A/ Well I love Marianne, she is a teacher and was a roommate. So If I'm lucky, some pearls of wisdom have rubbed off to influence my character.

    Q/ How would Amy...define happiness?

    A/ Everyone being exactly how she'd like them to be! And perhaps feeling a little less about things for herself.

    Q/ Do you take great pains with acting and writing to make your character still sweet and hopeful and not bitter? Your show lifts my spirits!

    A/ I'm so happy to hear that. We like the idea of reflecting on how we wake up everyday with the intent to perhaps do a little bit better or to feel a little more hopeful. And maybe by the end of the day, we've blown it entirely but the gift of life is that we get a whole new day tomorrow to try again. It's a good thing Amy has amnesia.

    Q/ Laura, in "the weekend" Amy wonders why she always wakes up as herself and no one else. If Amy could, who else would she be for a day?

    A/ Well, if Amy was doing the choosing, she might pick Levi so I'm hopeful I can do the choosing for her. I'd like her to be Gloria Steinham for a day, I think it would be healthier.

    Q/ When creating the show, did you plan to make the supporting characters so central and strong to the story? Or was Amy the main focus?

    A/ As we started, Amy was the main focus. But she has such an impact on the people around her, for better or for worse and so as she makes more happen, it impacts more people and hopefully gives room for a more rounded story.

    Q/ AGENTS OF CHANGE are often seen as the proverbial yellow dress amongst a sea of black suits. They stand out. Are often shunned…ridiculed and shut out. When the red tape is now a big red wall of delay and inaction in seeking justice and change, how stay strong…stay positive…refrain from feeling defeated?...dead?...deflated? [see S1:E1 – during Regina Spektor’s Human of the Year song to understand the yellow dress/black suit analogy more clear]

    A/ What an insightful and poetic question! I feel you have summarized the question the show really asks. We may not have answers on who will be brave enough to do it, how they will do it, but we consider the idea that perhaps it takes someone who yes is boundaryless, yes cares little about what others think, and perhaps feels more deeply than most about the state of the world but in the end, the truth seeker will demand justice and our future is in the balance of Amy.

    Q/ Can you give us a hint of what’s in store for Amy this season?

    A/ Amy will use her voice without awareness of boundaries and we will probably watch with glee and periodic horror. I find her an uncomfortable hero, just my kind.

    Q/ What are some of your favorite movies?

    A/ This year, two documentaries "The Gatekeepers" and "Searching for Sugarman." Movies this year I loved were "Amor" "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook." These are only a few! Its been an exciting year for whistleblowers in cinema and TV!

    Q/ That's all the time we have for today's Q&A with Laura Dern. Laura, is there anything else you'd like to say to your fans before we go?

    A/ Thank you all for your support and your love of Amy and the show. I'm so excited for everyone to see Season 2 unfold. It was great to connect with everyone today.

    Mike White will also be doing a Q&A, you can ask him questions here

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