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The prospect of working with Terrence Malick is too great an opportunity for any actor to pass up.  Malick is one of the greats – BadlandsDays of Heaven: classics in their own right.  Add to the fact – the elusive, press shy filmmaker notoriously takes quite awhile between films (although his output as of late puts to doubt such a deliberate reputation).  Thus not only is working with Malick a chance to star in one of greatest living director’s films but more so who knows when/if the guy will make another one… The ‘catch’ however: Malick is a fickle editor and prone to cutting his actors out from his films (see: Adrien Brody in The Thin Red Line, Sean Penn in Tree of Life).  You may act in a Malick flick but who knows if you’ll even end up in the finished cut?  At the recent press junket for Warm Bodies, Teresa Palmer discussed working with Malick on the recently wrapped Knight of Cups and addressed whether she fears her role will end up on the cutting room floor.

 

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“The Vampire Diaries”: In “The Originals” backdoor pilot (Episode 20 this season), Klaus will meet the beautiful and intelligent Camille, a psychology student at Tulane in New Orleans. Like Elena before her, Cami is a human, unaware of the “supernatural storm” brewing around her — but she’s certainly intrigued by the darker side of the French Quarter. She’ll be particularly drawn to Klaus, because as a smart and curious student, she’s intrigued by one question in particular: What makes someone evil? If anyone can answer that, it’s our very own Original hybrid. If “The Originals” gets picked up to series, Cami will be a regular cast member. (Also, some good news for you purists — in addition to Atlanta, we’re hearing that some scenes for the episode will actually be shot in New Orleans.)

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Last week, news broke that the CW was actively developing a Vampire Diaries spinoff with showrunner Julie Plec that would center on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) — working title The Originals — and that the April 25 episode of TVD would serve as a backdoor pilot. Though she doesn’t want to say too much about a show with a fate unknown, EW was able to get a few teases from her.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The idea of doing a spinoff has been around for a while. Why was the time right to pull the trigger?

JULIE PLEC: It’s actually something that we’ve been talking about for two years, that we contemplated trying to get off its feet last year, but there was just too much work to do in too little time. So that gave us an opportunity this year to spend a lot more time putting it together — seeing if, obviously, our actors had any interest whatsoever continuing the life of these characters [Laughs] and if there was a story to tell. It all came together in a way that we finally felt would not detract from our most important baby right now, The Vampire Diaries, and would give us a chance to expand the universe with characters that we’ve had another year to get to know.

What can you tease about the April 25 episode?

The idea is that a turn of events in Mystic Falls sends Klaus to New Orleans to solve a mystery. He gets word that some people are making a move against him that might concern him. So he heads to New Orleans to try to figure who’s plotting against him and what they’re up to. And in unfolding that mystery, it takes him back to a town that several hundred years ago, he was actually one of the original settlers of and helped build. He reacquaints himself with a vampire that he actually turned back in the day, Marcel, who has created a whole set of rules and a whole society for the supernatural community that he’s in charge of — sort of tipping his hat to Klaus and saying, “You taught me everything I know.” So Klaus’ protegé is now the big king of the supernatural community in New Orleans and Klaus is stepping back into that.

Have you cast Marcel?

No, we start casting, I think, in the next week or two.

How would you describe him?

He is the life of the party. He is diabolical, and dangerous, and he is a rock star. If anything, he’s that kind of hard-partying, hard-living vampire who knows how to enjoy the most out of life in the French Quarter.

And so if it were to go to series, New Orleans would remain the setting.

Yes. When I talked about it to the network and the studio, I said, “In its own way, the French Quarter, with its less than 3,000 inhabitants, is the ultimate small town.” So it’s still a small-town story, it’s just a town that we all know pretty well. We all have our own party fantasy that we’ve either lived or wanted to live in New Orleans.

Fans have been wondering what could keep Klaus occupied, and how Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) will get involved.

That is all part of the big mystery. I will say no one should assume anything about the way this is gonna play out, because with luck, it will be a nice surprise for everybody.

Would there be a role for Elijah (Daniel Gillies) in the spinoff, because there needs to be.

Oh, in the world of Julie Plec [Laughs] and her obsession with Daniel Gillies, there is always a role for Elijah. It’s only a matter of whether in Daniel Gillies’ world there is an interest in having a job with Julie Plec. But I can hope the answer is yes.

So you have talked to him about the possibility.

Yes. Absolutely. You’d have to ask him where he stands…. By the way, make sure it’s clear that I’m being ironic when I refer to myself in the first person. [Laughs]

What about Rebekah (Claire Holt)? She’s back in the picture this Thursday, when TVDreturns with new episodes, but she and Klaus aren’t exactly happy with one other.

Right now, she’s really mad at him, and their relationship has several more mountains to climb in the next, even, five episodes, much less a future series. I think she’s another character that would be a tremendous asset to both shows. So it really all comes down to Rebekah’s future, and Claire’s future with Rebekah, and all that stuff that remains undetermined.

Would you have the title of showrunner on both shows?

I think. Truthfully, we haven’t talked about that other than that I would likely share that title with Caroline Dries on The Vampire Diaries and then be the showrunner on The Originals. The great thing about The Vampire Diaries is that Caroline has really come into her own over the three-plus years she’s been on the show and is a terrific leader, and an amazing writer, and knows the show inside and out. So I would still be there every step of the way, but she would be taking on a lot more responsibility than she already has. And Mike Narducci, who’s someone else who’s been very important on The Vampire Diaries, would come over to The Originals and take up the mantle there. So with luck, two brilliant people who’ve grown up in aVampire Diaries universe can continue to be brilliant as we split it over two shows.

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Hurricane Sandy: A Volunteer’s Experience

As a New Yorker who lived through one of the most horrific and devastating natural

disasters in recent history, there was no question as to whether or not I was going to
volunteer following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

When the storm hit on October 29, 2012, none of us could’ve anticipated the damage
and destruction that would be left in its wake. While I am considered one of the
fortunate ones who didn’t lose power or endure any structural damage to my home
or property, millions of my neighbors were not as lucky.

With work canceled for the remainder of the week there was no way I was
going to sit home and monitor my twitter feed all day. The subway system was
completely shut down and power lines lay interwoven among broken tree branches,
needless to say transportation throughout the boroughs was impossible.

With my bike as my only means of getting around, I loaded up my backpack with
fresh fruit, extra layers of clothing, and several water bottles to head across the
Queensborough Bridge and volunteer with an organization called GOLES (Good Old
Lower East Side, www.goles.org). From their facebook page I learned that they were
in need of volunteers to check on families and elderly citizens living in high-rise
buildings where there was no power (and subsequently, no working elevators).

The day was long and tiring (I lost count towards the end but I’m pretty sure I
climbed over 100 flights of stairs), we brought care packages to those in need and
made sure those who required medical assistance were connected with doctors.

Volunteering that day (and over the next following weeks) provided a rewarding
experience that I will never forget. It felt good to volunteer.

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Fans of The Vampire Diaries’ biggest villain, Original hybrid werewolf/vampire Klaus, you may want to brace yourselves for the best news ever. A pilot for a potential spinoff from TVD has officially been greenlit by The CW in consideration for next season, Deadline reports.

The Originals, from TVD co-creator/exec-producer Julie Plec, will star Joseph Morgan‘s Klaus as well as series newcomer Phoebe Tonkin, who played werewolf Hayley in the first half of Season 4. The spinoff will focus on the fan-favorite family of Original vampires — the oldest vampires in existence — as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he actually helped build centuries ago. There, he is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel.

And here’s the best news yet: we will actually be getting a sneak peek at the new series during an upcoming episode of TVD airing on April 25, serving as the potential backdoor pilot. Plec will write the episode as well as executive produce The Originals (if it gets a series order) with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo for Alloy, Warner Bros TV and CBS TV Studios. TVD showrunner Kevin Williamson, who is working on his upcoming Fox show The Following, is not involved with the spinoff.

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