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POP INTERVIEW: Ricky Schroder Goes from “Silver Spoons” to (Literally) Calling His Own Shots

Rick “Ricky” Schroder may live forever in some TV fans’ memories thanks to his Silver Spoons role, but as an adult, he has become a commanding presence. He directed, starred in and produced the new Hallmark Channel movie, Wild Hearts, airing March 9

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Rick “Ricky” Schroder may live forever in some TV fans’ memories thanks to his Silver Spoons role, but as an adult, he has become a commanding presence on screen for shows like NYPD Blue, Scrubs and 24, and off screen, as a director and screenwriter. He directed, starred in and produced the new Hallmark Channel movie, Wild Hearts. The TV film, airing March 9, is about a Malibu teenager discovering life doesn’t have to be about doing something cool but actually living it when she meets her father in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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ricky schroder1With experience comes wisdom. As a child and later young adult, you already had more experience on screen than most well-known people in Hollywood. It was like you had your own life already lived at a much faster pace, in terms of work anyway. Unfortunately, people don’t listen to kids or teens. What was the first moment when you were able to really have a voice on set? How did you eventually work that into being a director and when not behind the camera, an actor who was able to speak his mind?
That’s a question I’ve never been asked before and I’ve answered quite a few questions. I was fortunate to have worked with a lot of talented people as a young actor. One common trait amongst talented people is confidence. So I was able to follow my instincts when I performed because of the people around me. The directors and other actors would allow me a chance to show them my ideas for any given “scene” and then a collaborative dialogue would start. Actors must commit to whatever emotion or behavior they are performing. So smart directors understand that the more committed and involved the performer, the better the end performance.

The Hallmark Channel is famous for its movies that leave you with a good, fuzzy, happy feeling. What about “Wild Hearts” keeps in touch with the Hallmark tradition?
“Wild Hearts” is an honest story about people. People who care about each other enough to work thru their differences. Not just walk away. The horses and dogs have to make you smile.

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You have a really solid television background. But this time around, you served as a co-writer. How did you pour out your heart and mind into this script in a way you never could before as an on screen-only production member?
Writing is such a satisfying process. Cause at the end of the day you can see what you’ve accomplished. I was also quite motivated since my daughter Cambrie is the star and I am her co­‐star.

It seems you challenged yourself additionally by working with your wife on screen and off, in the writing process. A group of friends can often split up when collaborating on a project! What happened so you made sure your disagreements were settled peacefully, and were there ever times you backed down to please her, realizing, “Wow, she was right?”
I loved working with my wife, Andrea. She would write separate scenes, from those which I wrote. When we had a difference of opinion, it was key to really listen to what each other was saying. Sometimes what you think someone is saying, isn’t exactly what they’re saying. So clear communication is a must.

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What fun moments happened on set?
Everyday to see my sons working in the camera department or on camera and my three girls was great. But the single biggest memory I have and I still laugh when I think of this, is when Cambrie (Willow) had to slap Luke (Duke). They had practiced it so she could lightly touch him and he would whip his head to make it look like a harder slap. Well after a few takes I wanted to see what kind of reaction we would get from Luke if she hit him really hard. Well, she let him have it and the shock in his reaction was real! Priceless!

Of your former show, “Silver Spoons,” Fox News described it as “in the classic formula of role reversal between parent and child, Ricky Stratton teaches his immature dad to be a grown-up while the latter teaches him how to be a kid.” As a former child actor, what do you teach your own children about the important of balancing work, childhood and family life? More so, because you worked with your wife and children on “Wild Hearts?”
Just try to keep it all balanced. Too much play or to much work gets you into trouble.

In the foreseeable future, what projects do you want to take on as a director, writer or producer? What about acting? How do you plan to challenge yourself so life won’t be solely a series of one genre? Are you ever going to write a film that may involve you feeling uneasy, sad, lonesome or tragic, so much that you might almost be unable to work on it because it pulls out your emotions? Because those are always the best films.
I’m writing a few different scripts actually right now, mostly dramas. They’re all special in their own way.

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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.

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It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

For more pop culture and entertainment analysis, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.

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Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


 

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

To follow more of his work, subscribe to Chris’ youtube channel.

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