India Autry

Production on Hold, Exciting New Director

An actor from one of my favorite shows Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” on the OWN network is interested in directing my film, so production is being put on hold until at least the fall to work out the shooting schedule of the show.

I was able to find producers willing to provide locations, extras, some crew, equipment, craft services, music, composition, wardrobe assistance, publicity and other services in exchange for producer credit and an equity stake in the film. I’ve also gathered talented actors from my network for the casting process. The valuable funds raised via crowdfunding have now been set aside in the Brutally Yours LLC business account and can be used for certain crew positions with reduced rates, to meet SAG minimums and to purchase any props or additional resources not already obtained in-kind.

I owe a website thank you to the second-round of Indiegogo contributors: Rick Estacio, Mimi Suh, Zadie Walker, Jodi Wagmeister, Rebecca Livengood, Jumaan Short, Chris Rossi (writer of Olivia Wilde starrer “Meadowland”), Laura DeBar, Sandra Spearman, Sierra Rein, Emily Ransom & the anonymous donors.

Thanks to all my supporters for coming along for the ride!

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Update: Special Actor Reading the Script!

There’s a major actor who is reading the script for the lead role of my character’s boyfriend (the identity is under wraps for now). In the meantime, I want to raise as much as possible to make the project as attractive as possible and get closer to being able to make the film. The campaign expires December 23. Click on the Indiegogo page here.

Thank you to the first-round of contributors: Vaughn J. Buffalo (our biggest donor so far!), Alan C. Drewsen, Jeremy Thompson, Douglas Burley, Steven Ramirez, Eric McRoy, Mike Gassert, Josh Bernstein, Victoria Bert, Prentice Autry, Laurie Rud, Christian Davis, Leonard Sturner, Andrew Herman, Maciej Ochalik, Isabel Jones, Elizabeth Ashford, Karen Kitchens, Amanda Nichole Miller, Nate Trager, Josh Bernstein, Kyle Shilling, Kevin Coffay, Jesse Jensen (Listen to Jane in Space), Marzy Hart, Robert Johnsen, Cindy McLamb, Felicia Nicole Henry, Pamela Murphy, Tareq Mahmud, Win Chesson, Charles Thomas Jr., Christine Ness, Latesha Smith, Jane Marie-Kane, Sandy Cockrell, William Rosenberg, LaRue Stanley, Jenny Moss, Gina Savage, Rita Aurandt, Sarah Olsen, Luke Gibala, Steve Thompson, Adam Katz, Rob Hadley, Lee Lovett, Isabel Taylor Jones, Katie Inch, Shelley Titus, Rosalyn Coleman Williams & anonymous donors.

Help Me Make My Baby: Indiegogo Campaign for “Brutally Yours” Feature Film

Click here to donate and share! The campaign lasts for a limited time, so don’t wait.

I’ve made two short films based on this feature script, one which screened at Cannes Film Festival, & now it’s time to make the full-length film. Based on my personal experience with alcoholism, the main character Kiara is a law student struggling with her inner demons and trying to convince her boyfriend investing in private prisons to fight against inequality. The film will get made. Join the journey to inspire by donating and sharing the campaign!

Trailer for “Brutally Yours” short film.

Feature Film Cast & Crew:

India Autry – that’s me; star and filmmaker who screened a short at Cannes Film Festival and previously played starring and supporting roles in features including “But Not for Me” with Roger Guenveur Smith.

Darius Marder – Darius co-wrote Ryan Gosling starrers “Blue Valentine” and “Place Beyond the Pines” and consulted on the “Brutally Yours” script.

Sue Costello – Sue is an actress from “The Fighter” who starred in her own Fox comedy series “Costello.”

Rosalyn Coleman – Rosalyn acted against Meryl Streep in “Music of the Heart,” and also acted in “Brown Sugar” & “It’s a Funny Kind of Story.”

Marcus Carl Franklin – Marcus starred in the HBO film “Lackawanna Blues,” won an Independent Spirit Award for the Heath Ledger starring film “I’m Not There” & will act in “Brutally Yours.”

Mark Karafin – Mark is directing. He directed “Sonnet 108,” starring Billy Magnussen.

Matthew Benjamin Canada – the film’s cinematographer and equity producer. Film credits and reel here: mattthewcanada.com

New World Cinemas – is set to distribute the film theatrically and by Video on Demand.

Other cast and crew will be hired later.

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My Experience on Film Fest Q&A Panel, Pics & Film Clips

Loved being on the Q&A panel at the Virginia Film Fest for “But Not For Me” feature film!

I talked about what it was like to play a philosophical model in a commercial made by the advertising agency portrayed in the film. I played the part very intensely — I was near tears in the drama of the part. When cut was called, everyone on the crew burst out laughing. I was surprised at first, but that’s when I realized I had done my job! The seriousness with which I played the part made possible the comedic effect of an advertising agency taking itself too seriously. Click here to see the clip.

Here’s the full trailer of this progressive hip-hop romance – you dig? Great performance and music by Marcus Carl Franklin (who starred with Heath Ledger & Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”). “But Not for Me” also features Roger Guenveur Smith (profilic actor in some many film from “Do the Right Thing” to “Dope”), and we won the audience choice award at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

My pics with Marcus and more of the cast and crew below:

From left to right: the moderator; producer, Jason Stefaniak; writer/director, Ryan Carmichael; actor Maria Vermeulen; me; actor, Solomon Hailemichael; actor, Marcus Carl Franklin

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New “Love-Locked” Film: Frame Grabs & Behind-the-Scenes Photos

I just filmed my second short film adapted from my feature script. This time, I directed as well as writing, producing & starring.

“Love-locked” is about an interracial couple whose relationship is tested by the politics of mass incarceration.

Check out the cast & crew on IMDB, including my co-star Jason Griffith, the iconic voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokemon. Turns out he’s got a nice face and great dramatic acting chops too!

We got some amazing shots, thanks to my shot list and my amazing director of photography Matthew Canada.

Frame Grabs:

Behind-the-Scenes Photos:

Perfecting the bird’s eye view

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Our gaffer extraordinaire Daniel Lipski

Prepping for the first shot

Prepping for the first shot

It’s always the toughest!

Our DP Matthew Benjamin Canada having some fun.

Lights, camera... you know the rest.

Lights, camera… you know the rest.

The film is being edited before it hits the festival circuit. Stay tuned!

“Brutally Yours” feature in pre-production

I’ve been deep in pre-production on the feature film since my return from Cannes.

The film includes the high-profile topic of mass incarceration.

Logline: An interracial couple struggles with alcoholism, childhood trauma and the racial inequalities of the criminal justice system.

I met with the co-writer of one of my favorite films, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Darius Marder, who wrote the script with my favorite director of all time, Derek Cianfrance. Darius was amazing inspiration for re-drafting my script.

I’m in talks with amazing people to be a part of this film:
Christina Hendricks (“Drive,” “Lost River”)

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Christina Hendricks

Andrij Parekh – cinematography (“Blue Valentine,” “Half Nelson,” “Mississippi Grind”)

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Erin Benach – costume designer (“Lost River,” “Half Nelson,” “Drive,” “Place Beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine”)

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RADiUS-TWC – acquisitions/sales (“Only God Forgives”)

I also met Reed Morano, a indie darling cinematographer and director (“Meadowland”) at Tribeca Film Fest in the spring. Also met at Tribeca: Ben Mendelsohn – “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Lost River,” Alex Orlovsky, producer of “Blue Valentine,” “Half Nelson” & “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga.

Cannes I Get a Witness?

I’ve just returned from having my film “Brutally Yours” at Cannes Film Festival with great connections for developing my feature film script. I had a meeting with the awesome Matthew Rhodes, president of motion pictures at Bold Films. Adieu!

Ryan Gosling & I Made the Papers

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Press Kit For My Cannes Submitted Film, Including Pics!

Click here to see the Full “Brutally Yours” Press Kit

My name is India, and I’m an alcoholic. “Brutally Yours” is adapted from my autobiographical feature screenplay, based on my personal story of alcoholism, emotional instability and self-destruction. I’m now sober and want to tell my story, the story of others who’ve been through similar pain and the story of those who have not yet come out on the other side.

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I started writing the feature in January of 2014, inspired by the similarity between a romantic relationship and an alcoholic’s relationship to alcohol. After meeting “Whiplash” writer/director Damien Chazelle at the New York Film Festival in October, I was inspired to adapt a section of the feature script into a short film. I had already been working to surround myself with people in my wheelhouse, so I brought on board Cannes-selected director Tristan Higgs and, as director of photography, the developer of “Blue Valentine” and producer of Sundance hit feature “Quattro Noza” Fredric King. Darren Bluestone, who starred in Broadway’s “Avenue Q” for three years through December, became my co-star.

Before I had even planned the short, I had workshopped much of the scene it is based on with Rosalyn Coleman Williams and in my acting class with Anthony Abeson.

Like Kiara, I’m a NYU Law graduate. I’ve pursued my acting, writing and producing career while practicing law full time. I garnered principal and supporting roles in New York City indie productions before writing and producing “Brutally Yours.” This is only the beginning for Kiara. Follow the short and the development of the feature on my website and blog at http://www.indiaautry.com.

 

Cast:

India Autry…Kiara

Darren Bluestone…Caleb

Andrew Ayala…Cop
Marc A. Joseph…Cop
Ingeborg Reidmaier…Bartender
Sal Pavia…Resident

Crew:

Directed by Tristan Higgs

Written and Produced by India Autry

Cinematography by Fredric King

Associate Producers: Darren Bluestone
Laurie Rud
Production Design by Ingeborg Reidmaier
Sound by Mike Anzel
Sound by Jalen Thompson
Editing and Sound Mixing by John Luder
Music: “Prisoner of Love” by David Rogue
Camera Assistant: Leland Gorlin
Production Assistant: Sarah Fritz
Hair and Makeup by Kimberly Curtis
Special Thanks: Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Specifications:
Country: United States
Duration: 12 minutes 53 seconds
Filming Format: Digital
Screening Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Original Language: English

Click to See the Poster for my Cannes Submitted Film

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Yes, I Cannes!

I’ve just submitted my first self-produced short film to Cannes Film Festival! I recently meet “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn and his wife, and Nicolas was super encouraging of my efforts. He told me to “take it all the way.”

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Right before Ryan Gosling plants an epic kiss on Refn after “Drive” wins at Cannes.

My short film is adapted from the feature film script I wrote, both called “Brutally Yours.” I was inspired to make the short after meeting “Whiplash” writer and director Damien Chazelle at the New York Film Festival in the fall. His “Whiplash” short was a festival hit that led to the making of the feature, and Damien told me to relentlessly pursue the making of my feature. I didn’t need to be told, but it was great to hear!Damien Chazelle, right, with Oscar winning Best Supporting Actor for "Whiplash" J.K. Simmons

Damien Chazelle, right, with Oscar winning Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash” J.K. Simmons

The director of my short is a twice Cannes-selected director. Fredric King, the developer of “Blue Valentine” is the director of photography, and Darren Bluestone who starred in “Avenue Q” co-stars with me in the film. I wrote and produced the short myself, bringing together the crew and music for the credits by David Rogue. The credits give “special thanks” to Rosalyn Coleman Williams (Anna Boden and Ryan Flecks‘ “It’s a Funny Kind of Story”), another super supportive person who I discussed the material with before writing the short.

I will keep you posted on the development of “Brutally Yours,” short and feature.

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Diaries of an Actress: Catching You Up on the All the Goodness

A lot has happened since my autumn diary entry. I’ve spent the new year beginning to make my film idea a reality. The feature script I’m writing (starring yours truly, of course) is nearing completion! And more film ideas are waiting to come down the pike.

Last month, I booked and filmed a supporting role in a SAG film “But Not for Me” by Emmy-winning producer Jason Stefaniak. What else? Well, there was another supporting role in “Keep the Party Going.” Then there was shooting the teaser for a feature film in which I play the title character. I’m pictured with my co-star below.

Still from "Jasmine" (working title).

Still from “Jasmine” (working title).

 

I got a callback for a feature film in the vein of “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson,” two of my top three favorite movies! The process came down to me and one other actress in a chemistry read with two finalist actors. I got added to an IMDB list. An “Orange is the New Black” audition and praise from an actress recurring on the show (Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson) on my work in our acting class.

Actress and producer Emily Grace honored me with a scholarship to her program to teach actors how to get press. And guess what! I got me some front-page press.

My first film ever, “First Baptist,” premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. A co-star role on “Deadly Sins” to air on cable’s Discovery Investigation Channel. See the pic of the house where we filmed on Instagram. A birthday trip to San Francisco back in October.

Yeah, that's right. I hiked and lived in the woods for a night. In a dress.

Yeah, that’s right. I hiked and lived in the woods for a night. In a dress.

 

Last, but not least – a turn as Catwoman on Halloween (check it out on Instagram: @IndiaKiara).

xoxo,

Halle Hepburn (It’s a nickname I got on Twitter yesterday, and I quite like it!)

Alright, Alright, Alright! Did You See the Oscars, Baby?!

If you did, you know there were deep V’s, snazzy jackets & beautiful people galore. Host Ellen DeGeneres (don’t hate, she was great) – even managed to take the most fame-filled selfie in the the world (see below). And, to the world’s detriment, “Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ryan Gosling was snubbed, so he was this blog’s most missed person at the Oscars for the third year running. But the most important part of the Oscars was Matthew McConaughey‘s speech for his first Oscar, best actor for “Dallas Buyers Club.” It was moving, great words to live by an, I’m sure, not meant to be a controversial statement of any kind:

For a list of nominees and winners, click here.

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How Philip Seymour Hoffman Made Me “See More” Clearly – L.A. Guest Blog by Andrew Tarr

It’s been a funny couple weeks. Not funny ha ha, as they say, but funny like Ain’t It Funny How February Always Seems to Fuck Up January’s Wide-Eyed New Year’s Resolution Optimism… THAT kind of funny. February is rainy season here in LA. Like clockwork, the rain shows up February 1st or 2nd and doges in and out til sunny March.

This year, the rain showed up with the February 2nd punch in the gut that was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death. It always throws people for a loop when the world loses an artist who moves us. But this one seemed to hit people especially hard.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

For a week and a half now, it’s been screwing with my head – and my sleep/wake cycle. At night I lie in bed pondering my mortality, and during the day I walk around so tired from the night before that people probably assume I’m prepping for a “Walking Dead” audition…people who don’t know me very well, anyway. The people who DO know me know that I never get auditions for projects that big.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of auditions. And booked a few things. But it’s mostly commercials, student films, webisodes, and a few cable TV one-off projects you’ve never heard of.

I’ve only ever auditioned for one of what you’d call a “Big” project: a medium-sized role in “Scent of a Woman” with Al Pacino (HOO-Hah!!)  I actually got pretty close on it. (Callbacks, phone calls to my agent telling me to keep my schedule open because they really liked me.) I actually hadn’t thought about that audition in years. But for the past ten days, it’s been keeping  me awake with What-Ifs, like a snoring girlfriend who has to work in the morning.

You see, the guy who got the part I was up for, was a then-unknown actor just like me, named Philip Seymour Hoffman. I don’t know if “Scent of a Woman” was technically his “big break” or if it was one of the other 3 or 4 movies he shot that year alone. The year was 1991 and I had been in LA for a little under a year, and my agent at the time was able to get me in on a part the size of PSH’s wonderfully snide spoiled prep school brat in the Pacino masterpiece. (If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. Pacino’s brilliant. And so is Chris O’Donnell, and as you’d imagine, PSH makes a fairly small role totally memorable. He’s been a genius from the beginning, and definitely more right for that part than I was. I’d have cast him over me, too.)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, in "Scent of a Woman"

Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, in “Scent of a Woman”

So now, literally a lifetime later, the guy who went from beating me out for a role, to inspiring me and pretty much every other actor of our generation, is gone. And I’ve been thrown for a loop by the loss of what feels like a combination idol, muse, and alternate-universe-ME, which I know is kinda silly, but when you’re lying awake at 3 a.m., you see your life through one of those Funhouse mirrors that make your nose and your failures look huge, and make your mouth and your time left on this earth seem minuscule.

But he’s gone now, and I’m still here. Am I delusional to believe I still might have a shot at an acting career a fraction as incredible as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s? Maybe, but that delusion keeps me crawling out of my bed in the morning, taking classes, getting new headshots, and until the day I get called in on my SECOND big movie or TV audition, writing and producing my own stuff: two features I need a few hundred thousand bucks to shoot (anyone feelin’ generous today?), a couple shows for a local cable channel, and a handful of kooky videos I’ve posted on YouTube, and of course FunnyOrDie – a website whose name feels – at least right now during Crappy February 2014 – like an elaborate practical joke crafted specifically for me.

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So has February sucked ALL the life out of my January dreams? No. And maybe some of this year’s rainy season has even given me some new perspective. A lot has changed since 1991, when Philip and I were amongst LA’s new crop. For one thing, Funny or Die didn’t exist.  Neither did YouTube. Or cheap HD cameras and editing software to use on projects you cast YOURSELF in. Or bloggers like the amazing India Autry, who has so gratiously shared her spotlight with me this week. Actress/self-promotion Guru Emily Grace teaches on how to get media attention and maybe even bypass the audition process entirely, jumping straight to people offering you the part.

So hey, all you fellow actors – lets all Netflix some old movies with Philip Seymour Hoffman, or whoever YOUR favorite actor is – get inspired, and make some noise on the web.  If nothing else, we’ll all have more stuff to read and watch in bed on the iPad when the insomnia strikes.

Andrew Tarr is an actor (really!), musician, writer, producer and animal lover who lives in Los Angeles, up the street from that new Starbucks. You can see what he looks like and whether you’d ever want sleep with him by watching his Funny or Die videos HERE.

 
Andrew Tarr, guest blogger

Andrew Tarr, guest blogger

Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Memoriam

July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014

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I struggled with whether to write a post…After all, what can I say that we don’t already know? But Mr. Hoffman’s passing devastated me, though I never met him. I think many of us feel the same. Of course we mourn for his family and friends and those who knew first-hand of his charm and loving spirit. But the rest of his mourn him too. He was an incredible actor. He had the ability to move us in ways that few have.

And I’m not one for “bringing flowers” only when someone dies. I’ve long said that he was one of my favorite actors and one of the most intense. His devious yet endearing performance in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” stole my gritty little heart, and I’ve been following him ever since. We’re fortunate that he memorialize so many wonderful performances that we can watch at any time.

I don’t want to get controversial, but I do want to use this platform to advocate an important point for me: I do think that people who don’t have an intimate knowledge of substance abuse should take care with their commentary about his struggle and the nature of his death. I’ll end with this: Philip Seymour Hoffman was a piercing actor and – forgive me, I said it when it was alive & I’ll say it now – a ‘sexy beast.’

“He had a rare ability to illuminate the varieties of human ugliness. No one ever did it so beautifully.” -A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Yeah, Bitch” – It’s the Golden Globes!

Here are my top three things about the 2014 Golden Globes: Aaron Paul’s “Yeah, bitch,” pretty women & the man of the hour.

1. Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” revived the Jesse of yore, giving us one last “yeah, bitch!” as “Breaking Bad” won best TV drama. You could tell he felt it was a little uncouth for the event, but I’m glad writer and director Vince Gilligan and the other cast members encouraged him. I also think it’s awesome that, after Bryan Cranston won for best actor in a TV drama, he didn’t sit down, knowing that the show was going to win the next category.

2. So many pretty women and pretty dresses. I mean really, wasn’t it so good to see Julia Roberts, nominated for “August: Osage County,” looking beautiful, taking us right back to the 90s?.

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And there were multiple pregnancy dresses, Olivia Wilde’s (below left) being my favorite.

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3. Matthew McConaughey was the man of the hour. He did an awesome chicken dance onto stage when accepting the award for best actor in a drama from Jessica Chastain (who played along well) – a dance he later said he didn’t remember doing because he was so caught up in the moment.

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McConaughey’s heartwarming speech in his charming Texas accent revealed how difficult it was to make “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” And he was for sure the best dressed man on the red carpet, in his dark green velvet suit jacket. He and his wife, who has played such a big part in his career, look stunning together on the E! 360 cam. He also stood out at the Palm Spring Film Festival earlier this month, as seen below.

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Click here for a full list of Golden Globe nominees and winners

4 Things “American Hustle” Taught Me

American Hustle” is dominating the Golden Globes nominations and for good reason:

1. Amy Adams is the bomb. Besides the endless side boob and fab clothes, she’s got that mixture of toughness, intensity & vulnerability that shows on her face with such clarity. I consider that my particular brand of actressing as well, and she’s now my top idol!

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2. Christian Bale is the bomb. He’s at his best in this film – intense yet incredibly tender. Even Bradley Cooper says that it’s the best role Christian Bale has ever had by far. And at 43 pounds overweight, he’s still hot. (Okay, don’t judge me – just watch the movie.) I wonder if Amy Adams has ever actually seen Christian Bale at a normal weight… He was 63 pounds underweight for their movie “The Fighter” and now this!

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3. Dircetor David O. Russell is the bomb. Everything about this film was – for lack of a more believable word – perfect. I want to work with this director! He even co-wrote the screenplay which laid out a pristine dramatic plot laced with comedic treasures. Russell perfectly cast this film by bringing together the heavyweights from two of his other amazing films – Amy Adams and Christian Bale from “The Fighter” and Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from “Silver Linings Playbook.” Which brings me to the final point.

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Look at him. Directing.

4. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner are bombs. They are all explosive actors, and it’s incredible to watch them blow each other up. They are all powerhouses, and you’re kinda scared to see them go up against one another, but you can’t stop watching. They all hold their own against one another.

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B Coops never fails to bring the anger, turmoil & general crazy.

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Did I inspire Rihanna’s AMA style?

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Rihanna wore a black top with a deep-V sweetheart neckline to the American Music Awards last night. Rihanna and I were both at a SL party in New York City’s Meatpacking District last week where I wore a little black dress with the same neckline. I can’t help but allow myself to wonder if I was her style muse? Of course, there’s always coincidence, but that’s no fun! Let me know what you think here or my other sites.

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Everything’s FALLing into Place…Yes, I Made that Pun.

Fall is off to a great start. Episodic season is in full swing, and I’m getting some attention from – gasp – episodics! Not to mention film, theatre, web & Clooney attention. That’s right, George Clooney. You know what? Let’s go ahead and start with that one…

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A director friend invited me to an advanced screening of the sure-to-be Oscar sensation “Gravity” on October 2nd. The stars,  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, arrived for a charming Q&A session after the movie. Afterwards, I introduced myself to George: I left with his autograph, and he left with my card – that’s all I’m saying.

Here, George Clooney is pictured doing the dance I felt like doing in his presence.

Here, George Clooney is pictured doing the dance I felt like doing in his presence.

My attendance at the screening led to an interview by E! News online!

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TV

Now, you gossips, back to business! I had my callback audition, and I’m still in the running for the recurring role of Taylor Ross on the new TV show, “Adventures of the Velvet Prozak.” I’m on hold for the role of a paramedic on cable’s “Deadly Sins.”

I met Jandiz Estrada, casting associate for NBC, and shortly after that, I was called in to audition in the same office that casts NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Fire.” I had a great audition for Kevin Kuffa at Lynn Kressel casting for a principal role in a TV show, got great feedback, and, on my way home, came across on-location shooting for “SVU.” I took it as a positive sign 😉

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It’s always nice when the works comes to you. A filmmaker called to offer me the role of the titular character in a feature film he’s writing. It’s a romantic New York talkie film – oh so Woody Allen!

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Next thing you know – Temple Horses producer Ryan Hoffman, who was featured on Funny or Die, called to offer me a principal role in a “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” parody, playing Agent Maria Hill.

Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders

Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders in Joss Whedon’s new ABC show “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Comedy Flo Entertainment loved my performance in its web series “My New Roommate” and has taken me under its wing for future productions. You can catch my featured role in their premiere season starting in late October.

Theatre

The writer and director of an AEA staged reading thought my audition for a real life Civil War heroine was great, so I’m looking forward to follow up for this intense role.

Notable Audition

I was selected to audition for a principal role in a Queen Latifah film.

Out on the town

I reminisced at Theatre80’s “Bayside! The Musical” on St. Mark’s Place and even won a “buddy band” – a hot pink slap bracelet – that says “Zack Attack!”

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Me after the show

3 Best & Worst of the Emmys

I hosted my first Emmy viewing party. I plan to have them each year until I get an invite to real thing! As a former beauty and style blogger, my party started at 6 p.m. with the red carpet, of course.

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Hanging with one of my friends after the party. There was no red carpet, but there were red lips a red couch!

Here are my most memorable moments and people from television’s big night:

1. “Breaking Bad

They saved the best for last when “Breaking Bad” won best drama series. It’s my favorite show right now, and it was great to see the amazing lead actor Bryan Cranston (who sadly didn’t win his category), so excited for the show’s win as it nears its series finale. It was also wonderful to see Jesse – I mean, cutie supporting actor Aaron Paul (another disappointing loss in his category) – celebrate the win, with his wife and mother as his guests for the night.

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Cranston, Paul

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Gunn is a lucky girl!

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Anna Gunn, second from left, won best supporting actress in a drama series, and her dress was my favorite! I loved the cool cut and texture of the black top and the elegant pale pink contrasted bottom.  I also liked Jewel’s delicate dress. There was a lot of feminity on the red carpet this year.

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Jewel

 

2. Kerry Washington

Washington carried on the trend of the elaborate, feminine dress. “Scandal” is one of my favorite shows, and I wanted Kerry to win best actress in a drama series, especially since she is only the second black woman in a lead role on primetime – the first since the legendary Diahann Carroll in the early 1970s. She lost, and the Emmys seemed to give her a nod (and attempt to appease the many fans of “Scandal”) by having Washington present earlier that night with Carroll, who lavished praise on to her.

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3. Kevin Spacey

Perhaps the funniest moment of the show was during the opening when Kevin Spacey turned to face the camera and began commenting on the scripted chaos on stage in his “House of Cards” character’s typical way.

No, this isn't a screen shot from Netflix original "House of Cards"

No, this isn’t a screen shot from Netflix original show

For a full list of winners, click here.