Exclusive Interview! Actress Christina Moore Is Definitely ‘Running Wild’

(PCM) While some actresses are satisfied with performing in their various movies, the multi-talented Christina Moore is also a noted comedian and screenwriter.

The lovely 43-year-old, who is best known for her roles on sketch comedy series MADtv and the TNT show “Hawthorne,” has written a compelling, and heartfelt screenplay for the film, “Running Wild.” The movie stars Sharon Stone, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Lewis, and Moore.

It is not surprising that Moore wrote such a riveting and compassionate movie. She has nearly a dozen film credits to her name and dozens of TV credits, including “90210,” “Castle,” “Last Man Standing,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Rules of Engagement.”

The recently-released film is about Stella Davis (Dorian Brown, a young widow who is faced with the loss of her family’s horse ranch after the sudden death of her husband, who kept their financial problems for her.

Ultimately, Stella saves her ranch by working with convicts to rehabilitate a herd of wild horses that wandered onto her property. Stela must find prejudice, greed, bureaucracy and vanity, to finally understand there is no better remedy for misfortune than helping another living creature.

In the way “Running Horses,” was written, Stella’s humanity for the horses, and the convicts, elevates this story to a memorable tale, which has many life lessons for all of us.

PCM: Please tell me why you wrote this movie, “Running Wild?”

Christina Moore: Hmmm. Our financer, Forrest Lucas, has a real heart for ranchers and The American Heartland, and knows that not farmer out there is Monsanto. He Came up with the premise and asked me what I could do to get that message out. Also, a friend of mine died in a car accident and his partner was reeling from the sudden loss. Around the same time we were at an auction when the real program involving inmates and wild horses came to my attention, and it all kind of came together.

PCM: It is extremely difficult to cope with that sudden loss, especially when Stella had no idea of her dire financial predicament following her husband’s death.

CM: Yes. This is a woman who needs to pull up her socks. When the convicts and the horse program comes to her, the story is going to be about universal themes and second chances.

PCM: I loved that despite all of the obstacles, Stella didn’t give up.

CM: Yes, I agree. So many of us figure we can borrow from our futures and figure they can pay it off one day. So her husband was protecting her from the truth, thinking if he could hang on then something would change and no one will ever know – which is not how it worked out.

PCM: There are many important life lessons, but what is one overall message?

CM: I definitely loved the idea of the message of redemption. There is a point that Sharon Stone’s character makes that these guys (the convicts) are just circling the drains. So the questions is, ‘Can people really change and make a complete life switch, if given the right program or assistance?’

PCM: What do you think is the answer?

CM: I am a hugely positive person, so I say yes.

PCM: Do you have a favorite of all the male characters in “Running Wild?”

CM: Since I wrote the movie I feel you are supposed to love all of your kids, but Tommy Flanagan – his character speaks to me really deeply.

PCM: He gets the girl in the end, right?

CM: Nope. Tommy gets the job – someone else gets the girl.

PCM: Talk about the horses that were the focus on the movie.

CM: Animals bring out the best of us so the biggest challenge ended up being a big blessing. We ended up adopting 10 horses from a holding pen that were undernourished and wild, so in a lot of scenes real legitimate cowboys and wranglers.

PCM: Give me an example of life imitating art in this movie.

CM: The horse named Aces was not a movie horse, Aces was a wild horse and a lot of what you see in the film, the bonding and the communication really took place. We were profoundly changed by working with these horses. I think maybe the greatest scenes were the magical ones involving the horses. These animals also work with special needs children, and adults, and battered women. It is a profound relationship. Horses can’t lie.

PCM: So do you feel that you were personally changed by this movie?

CM: Oh, my gosh! Yes. It was my first tie producing a movie, and even though I went to film school that was jumping into the deep end. I was inspired. This is what got me into acting in the first place. The idea of ‘let’s put a play on in the barn.’ So I loved watching the way the movie changed by all the artistry. The script came alive and the characters became three-dimensional. It changed again during the editing and post production. This was a bunch of committed artists coming together and it is bigger than I could ever have imagined it could be.

PCM: What’s next for you?

CM: I went on and produced another movie, “Pray For Rain,” starring Jane Seymour. It is set in the central valley of California during a horrific drought. It is a true wasteland that I lacking water. Entire communities have to get water shipped in via a tank. My husband, John, also write a movie in which I play Kevin Dillon’s wife.

PCM: What has been the reaction to “Running Wild,” so far?

CM: We are having a premiere in which I invited 30 of my closest friends. I am both excited and terrified about it. I am hoping everyone will love watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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Exclusive Interview with David Duchovny! Talks Music, Touring, X-Files And More!

(PCM) David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will be embarking on his 2017 US Tour this February.

The two-time Golden Globe winner’s tour will include songs from his debut album, Hell or Highwater, as well as tracks from his next record, which is coming in in fall 2017. His music consists of self-penned tracks, firmly embedded in his uniquely lyrical, troubadour style.

“Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream – it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” said Duchovny.  “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Tickets for the tour are available now– www.davidduchovnymusic.com

David took some time to chat with us about embarking on the 2017 tour, his upcoming new album, the possibility of more X-Files on the way and more!

Q: How happy are you to be back out on the road and testing out some of your new material?

David Duchovny: Yes, of course! We’ll be doing the “Hell or Highwater” album mostly, but there will be five or six songs from the new album that we already recorded, but we never really worked on as a live band. It’s going to be a lot of fun to put them up there and I think they are a little tougher and a little more musically produced than the first album. It’s been an interesting process to get them up on their feet live.

Q: How far along are you in the recording process for the next album?

DD: I’m done with the recording. We are really just rehearsing for live performance now.

Q: We were reading that the target release date for the upcoming album will be the fall of 2017, correct?

DD: Is it the fall? I was thinking the spring (laughs)  We’re done!

Q: What is the recording process like for you? Can you choose one or two songs in particular and tell me what the mindset was like when you were putting the album together?

DD: The second album differs quite a bit from the first album, as with the first album I probably had four songs that I left off of it. The second album is probably four songs from my first run at writing songs plus eight of the newer ones. I think there will be some similarities to the first one, but also a new direction and some new styles and some new lyrical obsessions as well which I hope will make it interesting. All of my songs start with a chord progression that I like and then hearing a melody over that, that I’ll hum and try to figure out some words for what I’m humming. With the second album I brought them earlier to my band rather than just finishing them alone. It was more of a collaborative effort with the new album.

I worked with Colin Lee and Pat McCusker and Pat will come up with whatever riff he thinks needs to be in there and Colin will work on the bridge or the harmonies and it will get away from me in a good way.

Q: Awesome. We felt the first album was very thought-provoking and it definitely brought out several different emotions. We don’t want to say it was all sadness because there were certainly some elements of joy in there. Have you gone in a different direction emotionally with the new album, because we feel all music invokes some kind of emotion.

DD: Yeah and I think most songs are sad and they can make you sad. The great thing about music is that somehow a sad song makes you happy. Some kind of magic happens. I will say that the unrelenting kind of bleakness that was in the first album is not there, as the second album has more light in it. Less rain, more light (laughs).

Q: How therapeutic is the creative process of writing music for you?

DD: It’s hard for me to gauge that. I think I rather view it as not therapeutic for me, but therapeutic for other people. I think what happens is, if my intentions are clear and pure and my talent is enough then a connection will be made and that’s therapeutic. The fact that I get to make a connection is therapeutic for me as well, especially in a live setting. What’s most therapeutic aside from the cathartic display of ones emotions or dealing with ones emotions for me is just the chance to be creative. You know, to lead a creative life and to keep creating stuff in different media. That to me is the only therapy I’ve ever really known.

If I get to be creative whether it’s as an actor, director, writer, or musician I feel better and hopefully other people feel better too when they consume it.

Q: Is it hard for you to switch hats? We know you’ve done some directing and you’ve written a book as well. Is creating music a different process?

DD: Yeah, it’s very different. Making TV or film is the most collaborative thing that I do because you have over 100 people who you are collaborating with easy, whereas, writing a novel is the least collaborative thing I’ve done. I mean I worked with an editor, but that’s when it’s done. Nobody has had one word to say about what I put down on my page, so between those two, the non-collaborative and the totally collaborative is music which is where I do spend time alone in my room writing songs, but then bring them to two or three trusted people and then collaborating it further and then turning it into something we can play in front of people professionally or even record.

Q: A show like “Californication” did a wonderful job at using music to push forward the storyline and used alternative versions of classic track. How involved were you in all of that?

DD: I wasn’t, but I guess my involvement was educating myself about Warren Zevon at the time because I had just kind of stumbled across him at the time I was doing the pilot. Tom Kapinos, whose the creator of the show, also didn’t know Zevon, so it worked out that we found out about Zevon as we were making the show and used a lot of his music during the show. In terms of the covers. that was all Tom. Tom is a big music fan and is an actual guitar player himself and Marilyn Manson was on the show and of course Lemmy from Motorhead was on the show and again that was all Tom being a huge music fan. I think the only song or songs I might of pitched was “High-Flying Bird” the Elton John song and a Zevon song at some point.

Q: Is it ever surprising to you which songs of yours that fans tend to gravitate towards?

DD: Yeah, I mean it’s always surprising what people relate to musically. That’s kind of the beauty of lyric writing in a song is you leave enough of it unsaid so that people can make it their own.

Q: What other upcoming projects do you have in the works for this year. We know the tour is getting ready to kick-off with dates on the west coast and some on the east coast as well.

DD: We are talking about doing more “X-Files” soon and then I have a couple of projects that are really in the beginning stages that I don’t have anything really interesting to say about at this time, but I want to do in the next couple years.

Q: Just for fun! How likely are we to see an “X-Files” musical episode. You know Mulder dueting with some aliens!

DD: (laughs) I don’t know about that, but I’m definitely going to pitch my own music for the soundtrack. We’ll see how far I get!

Be sure to catch David Duchovny out on the road at the following dates:

2/12 – SAN DIEGO, CA – MUSIC BOX
2/14 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE ROXY THEATRE
2/15 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SOCIAL HALL
2/17– PORTLAND, OR – ALADDIN THEATER
2/19 – SEATTLE, WA – THE CROCODILE
2/22 – BOSTON, MA – THE WILBUR THEATRE
2/23 – HUNTINGTON, NY – THE PARAMOUNT
2/24 – ASBURY PARY, NJ – THE STONE PONY
2/26 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – THE BIRCHMERE
2/27 – BALTIMORE, MD ¬– BALTIMORE SOUND STAGE
3/01 – NEW YORK, NY – GRAMERCY THEATRE

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Woman Received 65 Marriage Proposals And Rejected Them All!

(PCM) Many women would consider themselves lucky to receive just one special marriage proposal in a lifetime, but could you image receiving sixty-five? And then turning them all down! This is the story of Chicago socialite Mary Landon Baker, whose life seems like a TV movie waiting to happen. Landon reportedly received sixty-five marriage proposals during her lifetime and rejected each and every one of them.

Baker’s story was recently profiled by the New York Times and they claim that Baker first made her way to the headlines when she very publicly left her then fiance Allister McCormick at the altar. She was then labeled the “shy bride” by newspapers and reporters throughout the country, as shyness was the only diagnosis they could come up with to comprehend why Baker would walk away from marrying McCormick.

Of course in the years that followed her failed engagement to McCormick Baker’s behavior certainly didn’t border on shy. The Times reports that she was linked to men on multiple continents including an English Lord,an Irish prince, a well-to-do Spaniard, a Yugoslav diplomat, and the actor Barry Baxter.  Baker was referred to as a “dollar princess” a title which refers an heiress whose wealth makes her an eligible bachelorette all over the world.

It is said that when Baker passed away in 1961 at the age of 61 she had received at least sixty-five marriage proposals in the course of her lifetime from various suitors all over the globe. Baker’s life appears to be a great party where she was always the guest of honor. According to the Times she enjoyed attending pirate parties, tango-dancing with Romanian prices and sparkling, shiny gowns. When asked by reporters why his daughter refused to marry, Baker’s father financier Albert Baker replied that he daughter was having too delectable a time playing the field to want to settle down.

Baker herself told reporters, “I did not marry because I did not meet the right man at the right place at the right time.” She also went on to reveal, “I have never been in love”.  This seems very sad in a way, as despite the number of suitors throwing themselves at Baker, could they have been more in love with her money rather than her as a person. This definitely appears to be the case and it is truly a shame that Baker may have never gotten the chance to experience the feeling of true love in her lifetime, either than or she truly, truly valued her freedom!

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Oprah Is On Her Way To A Fridge Near You!

(PCM) The Kraft Heinz food company has some exciting news with the announcement of their upcoming partnership with celebrity Oprah Winfrey. The joint venture will be called “Mealtime Stories” and together Kraft Heinz and Oprah will be creating a new line of packaged, refrigerated meals. Kraft Heinz says the mission is to create a new line of food that will make real, nutritious products more accessible to everyone.

There has been very little detail about what type of food choices will be offered, however rumors are circulating that the meals will consist of meat, fish, poultry and vegetables. Partnering with Kraft Heinz is not the first time that Oprah has done work in the food industry. She was a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, even going as far as to buy a rather large stake in the company and she also recently published a cook book which quickly made it’s way to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list.

Kraft Heinz will initially develop, manufacture, market and sell this new line of food products in the U.S. As part of the joint venture, 10% of profits will be donated to charities aimed at eradicating hunger. The company plans to reveal more details about “Mealtime Stories” later this year!

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Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dead At Age 80

(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80. Moore was reportedly hospitalized early this morning in grave condition and sadly lost her battle later this afternoon.

Moore’s rep has released a statement in regards to her passing saying “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile”

Mary Tyler Moore rose to fame with her role on the 1960’s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” before moving on to star in her own spin-off series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970’s. Moore paved the way for single working women everywhere, as her character on the series was an unmarried working woman who was central focus for the series. She portrayed TV news producer Mary Richards.

The character was inspiring for women everywhere and has been listed countless times as an influence for many strong females who demanded equality with their male counterparts. In a lot of ways she could be viewed as bringing feminism to the airwaves and carrying the torch for women everywhere to follow.

Moore’s character was not an aggressive feminist, however the elements were all there and over the course of the series she was forced to deal with various issues dealing with feminism. After the “Mary Tyler Moore”  concluded Moore went on earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in the 1980’s film “Ordinary People” and recently appeared in the TVLand series “Hot In Cleveland” with her past “The Mary Tyler Moore” co-star Valerie Harper.

Moore was a strong advocate for animal rights and welfare and published her memoir “Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and Oh, yeah Diabetes” in 2009.

Our sincere condolences go out to Mary Tyler Moore’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

Film Director Casey Tebo Steals Clam Chowder Ingredients To Prove An Important Point

(PCM) When film director Casey Tebo discovered that one of his films had been illegally downloaded from a torrent site and then passed around among the employees of a certain grocery store he was incredibly angered and decided to take revenge into his own hands.

Tebo entered the store and began stealing the ingredients that would be used to make clam chowder. Tebo ended up getting caught, however not without strongly making his point to the store about the effect that illegal downloading has on the artist and the industry. Tebo feels very strongly that online piracy is the same as theft and he felt that he had to make a stand and do his part in an attempt to battle this ongoing issue.

Tebo is best known for his indie horror film “Happy Birthday” and for directing live performances from bands such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. He also won an Emmy award for his work on ESPN E:60’s Dream On: The Stories of Boston’s Strongest.

After a recent conversation with a friend where it was revealed that the friend had seen Tebo’s recent film “Happy Birthday”, Tebo asked where his buddy had seen the film. The friend admitted that some guy had brought it into work. Tebo innocently asked if it was via DVD, however eventually his friend admitted that the guy had illegally downloaded the film from a torrent site and shared it with various co-workers at the store.

Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” film had a tiny budget with only three investor putting in about $500k, so after speaking with some other friends Tebo decided to take his revenge on the store that felt it was okay to steal his creative property. He figured just go to the grocery store and begin stealing the ingredients to make a clam chowder. If he got caught he would simply tell the police “He steals my sh*t, why can’t I steal his sh*t”?

Tebo created a video to go along with the revenge plan aptly titled “PSA (Pirates Suck A**)” which has been posted on YouTube and is quickly going viral. In the video Tebo can be seen taking about $30 worth of groceries, however he is caught by a store employee in the parking lot. The employee threatens to call the cops however Tebo protests saying that if it is okay for the employees of the grocery store to steal from his industry, why can’t he steal from theirs?

Tebo did eventually return the stolen ingredients, however he definitely made sure to get his point across about the ongoing issue of internet piracy. Check out the video here!

 

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