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POP INTERVIEW: Allison Volk Breaks Free of “The Lone Ranger”

Allison Volk starred in Johnny Depp’s Disney summer film, The Lone Ranger. What’s next? Remodeling chairs, Shakespeare and more acting…

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Allison Volk starred in Johnny Depp’s Disney summer film, The Lone Ranger. What’s next? Remodeling chairs, Shakespeare and more acting…

Allison Volk

What was your whole experience like filming “The Lone Ranger?”
Honestly, the experience kind of blew my mind. I’d never worked on such an enormous project before, and the level of organization and coordination just astounded me. Also the level of professionalism. The production flew me to Albuquerque, NM, where I stayed for a week, and every morning a van would pick me up outside the hotel around 5:30 am to drive me and the other actors about an hour into the desert where they were filming. It was dusty, it was hot, and it was so exciting. Everyone knew exactly where they needed to be and when. I really got the impression that the actors are the last piece to fit into the puzzle. It was so fun.

It’s cute how the director, Gore Verbinski, called you “too much of a babe.” So! On that route, would you ever go for a role based on you being a babe, not utilizing your drama training whatsoever? What sexy or bimbo roles would you love to have?
I guess it depends on the project. There’s no way I’d turn down the chance to be a Bond girl! But that said, the reason I started creating and producing my own work was because I kept being called in for the stripper/slutty girlfriend roles and I was getting sick of it. I think a sexy bimbo role here or there never hurt anyone, but it’s also important to be aware of what it is. If Gore Verbinkski asked me to be a bimbo in Pirates 5 I’d probably do it.

Right now, you are taking on “Othello.” Are you afraid of people comparing your work to other films and stage productions?
No way, not at all. Mostly because I’m playing Iago – a role traditionally played by a man. I guess I’m lucky in that way because I get to create the role, so to speak, since I’m a woman. It’s really interesting to me how much the meaning of the text changes when looked at through a woman’s eyes. There’s also so much sexual tension to play with, and questions like, “why does Iago do what she does? Is she in love with Othello?” Those questions don’t exist so much when it’s played by a man, there are a whole different set of questions.

What is your favorite modern-old story retelling in film based on Jane Austen, Shakespeare and old works? Or do you dislike when people produce films like “Bridget Jones?”
I love Jane Austen and I’ve read a lot of her work. I’ll never forget when I picked up ‘Emma’ a few years ago, and as I was reading, I thought, “oh my God. This is ‘Clueless!’” Because of that experience, I think I’d have to say that “Clueless” is one of my favorite modern adaptations. It says something about the quality of the filmmaking that it influenced an entire generation of kids with a Jane Austen plot and they didn’t even know it! I just love that and I’m definitely interested in creating my own modern-day adaptation of a classic work.

When you wrote and starred in the short, “Last Ditch Therapy,” how do you promote it differently due to the length? What is the process in 2013 for getting a short film out there and encouraging people to see it and buy it?
When we worked on “Last Ditch,” my business partner at the time and I thought of it as an exercise in film making. It was the first film either of us had produced, so we were kind of learning as we went along. In my experience, there really isn’t much of a market for shorts. You kind of have to think of them as something fun that will be submitted to film festivals and hopefully screened there – and of course, some do go on to get nominated for Oscars and the filmmakers go on to be quite successful – but in our entertainment world, the public is really hungry for features.

I love movies, but I’m not at all familiar with most short films. What should I check out?
Haha that’s a great question that even I would like to know the answer to! One of my favorites is “Porcelain Unicorn” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRMcPJrWm-g) and I just saw a great one the other day that I think is actually a commercial (http://gawker.com/this-three-minute-commercial-puts-full-length-hollywood-1309506149).

Allison Volk

Do you believe in fate or do we make our own choices in becoming successful? What is your experience as an actress?
I believe in a combination of both, and there’s something to be said for the power of intention. My intention is to be prolific in the creation of artistic work and also to be well-known in my field. From that intention comes all of my actions, and when I do something that isn’t in alignment with my intention, I can tell immediately. I guess I’m not too sure about the role of fate… are we pre-destined to do what we do? I don’t know about that for sure, but I do know when something feels right to me and when something feels off.

It’s interesting how you started a side business of remodeling old furniture so randomly. What is the theme of your pieces? Is it all tables or will you ever do lamps, couches and more? Clothing?
Oh yes! Haha. I’m amazed that you found out about it. I had a free weekend a while back and picked up this junky old table, which I sanded down and refinished in my living room on a whim. I did try to sell the table, but as it turns out, I kind of like it a lot and decided to keep it! I can’t say that I won’t revisit Adorablie (that’s the name of the company) in the future, but for now it’s on the back burner.

What are your other secret hobbies you are thinking about turning into businesses?
I’m really into blogging, and I started a business called The Blog Babe about a year ago. I write blog posts for small businesses and coaching practices, and it’s a great fit for my lifestyle since I travel so much. Social media is something I’m learning a lot about right now and it’s really interesting me how easily the world is connected through the internet. I’m enrolled in two courses right now all about online marketing because it’s so much fun to me.

You were already in a Johnny Depp movie. Of any big actor, whose film would you love to be in next?
Easy! Patrick Stewart is someone I’m really interested in at the moment. I saw him play “Macbeth” in a 2006 film version that just blew my mind. Since I’m preparing to play Lady Macbeth in a film version in 2014, I would just love to get to work with him. He has such a mastery of Shakespearean language that I really admire.

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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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