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    Oct04

    + ‘The Blind Side’s’ Quinton Aaron to Star in, Executive Produce Drama ‘Halfway’

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    “The Blind Side” star Quinton Aaron, “Twilight Saga” actor Edi Gathegi and “90210” actress Gillian Zinser are set to star in British writer Ben Caird’s feature directorial debut “Halfway,” TheWrap has learned.

    Jonny Paterson is producing the movie, which Aaron will executive produce with former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (“Beasts of No Nation”), Tommy Oliver and longtime entertainment executives Bonnie Greenberg and Jonathan Baker.

    Also read: ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Takes Films Like ‘The Help’ and ‘The Blind Side’ to Task (Video)

    “Halfway” stars Aaron as Byron, a recently-released convict who finds himself trapped between two worlds — his urban criminal past and his new life as the only black man in a predominantly white, conservative Wisconsin farming town. The film chronicles Byron’s struggles as he adapts to his new life on probation, while trying to elude the very real threat of relapsing into his old life of crime.

    Zinser will play the eldest daughter of Byron’s new family for whom he becomes a friend and confidante, while Gathegi plays Paulie, Byron’s lifelong pal who hasn’t been afforded the same second chance.

    Amy Pietz and TJ Power will co-star in the film, which started production earlier this week on location in Montfort, WI.

    Also read: ‘Blind Side’ Producer Molly Smith Forms Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With Alcon

    The “Halfway” filmmakers intend for the movie to serve as a commentary on the fractured incarceration system in America and the serious socio-economic implications that result from recidivism (the reincarceration of released felons for a similar crime within a short period of time). The American prison system has been at a breaking point for years, with a 700% growth in inmate population since 1973 that now stands at 2.4 million — higher than any other democratic nation in the world. Coupled with the discouraging statistic that nearly 66% of released prisoners will find themselves back in prison within three years, and approximately 75% within five years, it’s clear that more should be done to ensure that released prisoners are given the opportunity for an actual second chance.

    The executive team behind “Halfway” supports entertainment that illuminates social conflict, and specifically develops projects that aim to inspire social change. To that end, they have announced plans to form the Halfway Foundation, which will seek to raise awareness for and create more public initiatives towards reducing recidivism rates.

    Sep28

    + Production Begins on New Incendo Feature Custody

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    Canadian production outfit Incendo has begun shooting its latest movie, Custody, on location in Montreal.

    The film stars Gillian Zinser (Liars All) and Ryan Blakely (Dream House), with Tristan Dubois (Stealing Paradise, Surrender) directing. The movie tells the story of an in-home nurse single mother whose daughter is abducted, leaving her to decide whether she can hold one of her patients hostage and ultimately kill him.

    Custody is produced with the participation of Bell Media. Jean Bureau, Incendo’s president and CEO, will exec produce.

    “We are excited to be starting another new production with Gillian and Ryan,” Bureau said. “Custody continues our objective to take new and exciting roads with our stories and offer character-driven thrillers that will appeal to a young-adult audience worldwide.”

    Jun02

    + New project coming: “Worthy”

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    Great news! Gillian Zinser has the new role in the movie called “Worthy”, she is playing Mara. The actress already been quite busy on the set. You can see the pictures below and some videos too.

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    Gallery Links: x10 | Worthy – On Set [pictures]

    Jun27

    + “Liars All” Movie Captures

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    I was able to add HD captures from Liars All movie with Gillian Zinser. If you don’t wanna see what happens, till you see the movie, don’t look at them!

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    Gallery Links: x1303 | Liars All: Movie Captures

    May23

    + New poster, trailer for LIARS ALL

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    The Brian Brightly-directed thriller, Liars All, has been acquired by Phase 4 Films and it is making its way into theaters (via a limited theatrical run) and onto VOD June 21st. DVD release set for August 6.

    Plot Summary: On New Year’s Eve in London, a group of friends play a provocative game that spins out of control and ends in murder. With a killer on the loose, survivors of this catastrophic evening will learn how far some will go to win a game.

    Sara Paxton stars with Matt Lanter and Gillian Zinser.

    Gallery Links: x1 | Liars All: Posters and Covers

    Dec18

    + New rumored project “Bottom of the World”

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    Gillian Zinser and Luke Grimes both rumored for the new movie, according to IMDB.

    Synopsis:

    On their way to a brand new life in Los Angeles, Alex and Scarlett stop over in a sleepy Southwestern town. Scarlett vanishes, and an otherworldly mystery unfolds.

    Dec18

    + “Savages” movie captures

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    I’ve finally added HD captures with Gillian Zinser from her scene into “Savages” movie. Check them out!

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    Gallery Links: x12 | Savages: Movie Captures

    Mar01

    + Gillian Zinser for Institute Magazine

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    Institute: Do you remember the first time you realised you wanted to become an actress?
    Gillian: My mum took me to see ‘The Fantastiks’ off broadway when I was a kid and the opening scene was a girl my age praying at the foot of her bed pleading “Please God, PLEASE! Please don’t let me be normal!” I was an awkward kid trying to figure out where I fit in, and watching that character in that moment was so comforting and inspiring at that age where I felt so much pressure to conform to the ‘norm’ but didn’t really want to or know how to. The relief and inspiration that that one simple scene gave me was probably the first time I realized how powerful, effective, and inspirational performance could be.

    Institute: Could you single out an actor or performance that has had a profound impact on you in the last five years?
    Gillian: I dont know about five years, but some of the most influential performances in my lifetime have been…Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of a spotless mind Audrey Tattou in Amèlie Diane Keaton in Annie Hall Annette Bennington in Running with Scissors Juliette Binoche in Lovers on a Bridge Ryan Gosling in Lars and The Real Girl

    Institute: What can you reveal about Liars All?
    Gillian: Obsession. Ego. Lust. Revenge. Murder.

    Institute: You play Missy, can you tell us about the character?
    Gillian: Missy was a hard character to understand let alone empathize with in order to play her. She’s a dark creature, a wilted flower suffering from manic depression.

    Institute: Do you like to do a lot of research into your roles?
    Gillian: Yes. Although I’ve yet to work a role that requires the depth of research I’m eager to challenge myself with.

    Institute: Do you ever become emotionally involved with your characters?
    Gillian: Inevitably.

    Institute: What was the most valuable lesson you learnt from being on set?
    Gillian: Technicality, professionalism, and the importance of being a team player. I find there’s just absolutely no room for ego in this business.

    Institute: What do you look for in a character or film?
    Gillian: Meat. Dimension. A la ck of comfort. Something I’ve yet to fully explore within myself.

    Institute: What are your thoughts on fashion today?
    Gillian: I wouldn’t say I take fashion very seriously. I just look at it as another daily form of self expression to have fun with. I find inspiration in my moods and throw on what makes me feel good.

    Institute: As an actress do you feel more aware of the way you dress?
    Gillian: Perhaps less so. I get so used to people dressing me for the characters i play that when its time to take the costumes off and slip back into my own skin, i’m only left with the energy to be as comfortably myself as possible.

    Institute: Where do you think trends are created?
    Gillian: Through the infectious confidence of those unafraid to beat to their own drum.

    Institute: Do you have a favourite fashion designer?
    Gillian: Balmain. Zac Posen. Chloe. Kimberly Ovitz. Rick Owens.

    Institute: Top five fashion essentials?
    Gillian: Chuck Taylors. Leather biker jacket. Red lipstick. Old Levis . White Hanes t-shirts from Target.

    Gallery Link: x3 | Institute Magazine – 2012

    Jan07

    + Bid Away Now For A Special Walk-On Role In Susanna Lo’s ‘Manson Girls’

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    Production has already kicked off over in Los Angeles on Susanna Lo’s ‘Manson Girls’ and now even the public can get involved in this great project based on the notorious Manson family and more importantly murderer and conspirator Charles Manson. Manson will be played by actor Bill Moseley (‘The Devil’s Rejects’) and he’ll be joined by a slew of lovelies to appear as the ‘Manson Girls’. But hold the phone, because with a simple and generous eBay bid you could find yourself with your very own walk-on role in the movie! That’s right, Slomotion Studios are offering a lucky and successful bidder the opportunity to win a walk-on role, autographs from the cast and tickets for the Helter Skelter official tour in LA. So head over to eBay at the link below (where the bid is currently at US $1,525.00) and see if you can get yourself on set. It has to be worth it just for the potential opportunity of brushing shoulders with a range of hotties that include Monica Keena (‘Night of the Demons’), Laura Harring (‘One Missed Call’), Heather Matarazzo (‘Scream 3′), Stella Maeve (‘My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2′), Brit Morgan (‘True Blood’), Tania Raymonde (‘Lost’), Gillian Zinser (‘90210′), Taryn Manning -below (‘Hawaii Five-0′) and Estella Warren (‘Planet of the Apes’).

    Do your best bidding over at the ‘Manson Girls’ eBay listing here.

    ‘Manson Girls’ follows a young girl from a wealthy Malibu family who fell under Manson’s spell. She was not one the “Family” members involved in the clan’s infamous murder spree but was later imprisoned after she became involved with the Aryan Brotherhood and was convicted of being an accessory (after the fact) to murder.

    Jan05

    + Find me at Beverly Hills, 90210

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    GILLIAN ZINSER, actress/artist/philanthropist and 90210 cast member tells i-D about the hills.

    Chatting with Gillian Zinser, actress/artist/philanthropist and 90210 cast member, we were pleased to discover the exhaustingly talented 26- year-old is every bit as awesome as we had imagined.

    Articulate, warm, switched on and straight-forward, the precocious performer is graduating from West Beverly Hills High to the big screen this year with high-profile parts in upcoming features Manson Girls and Oliver Stone’s Savages. A former student of NYU, Gillian continues to explore her studies off campus, which include the inter-disciplines of art, film and philanthropy. Creating self-reflexive portraits and volunteering with projects such as ‘Artists For Peace and Justice’ in Haiti, Gillian has built up a well-balanced CV and loyal following. Returning to UK screens this week as surfing tomboy Ivy Sullivan in Season 4 of 90210, Gillian Zinser speaks to i-D online about the revamped TV teen classic and her own adolescence, talks performance art and shares her top 10 artistic influences.

    What was the all-American high school experience like for you? I had an odd experience in high school – remember that movie Mean Girls? Tina Fey adapted that from a book about my school written by someone that went to it… I wasn’t exactly the most popular and I didn’t have the best experience. I was itching to get out.

    Did you watch 90210 back in the day? Yeah, of course. I wasn’t allowed to though – I used to sneak off to watch it.

    Are you a Kelly or a Brenda? I can’t really tap into my bad girl very easily, I’m going to leave the Brendas to the AnnaLynne McCords of this world. Ivy’s not like Kelly either, she’s more of an Emily Valentine, that’s the direction I would have liked to take her in but they took me on a really different path.

    What attracted you to the part of Ivy? She’s not your typical teen drama character. I think just that. I’m not one to watch soaps and, as I explained, my high school experience was very trying and tumultuous and often not a fun one. I guess, in short, I was attracted to Ivy as a character because she was more of a black sheep than anything else and even though she’s your average teenage girl who is riddled with insecurities, she’s found a way to be comfortable enough in her own skin not to conform. That’s a really fun and important thing to bring to television and our audiences in particular because we’re speaking to a large group of teenagers who for the most part are going through such a formative period of development.

    What’s working with Tristan Wilds like? Had you seen The Wire before joining the cast? Tristan is the classiest cat around. He’s an extraordinary artist whose talents are far underutilised on the show.

    Can you tell me more about your childhood growing up? I grew up in Washington, which I shy away from talking about because I feel so detached from the city because it was so devoid of artistic culture and I grew up in a family of artists. My father’s an architect and my mother’s a painter – we didn’t come from a family of politicians, and I often found that I couldn’t really relate to or associate with the city I grew up in. My Dad’s from New York and my Mom’s from Berlin so I spent a lot of time in between the city (NY) and DC, taking the $10 Chinese Fung Wah bus up every weekend just to hang out with people and seek out forms of inspiration that I could actually understand. The minute I could leave DC I did – I moved to New York for college and never looked back.

    Did you study art or acting at New York? My parents didn’t allow me to go to Tisch so I went to Gallatin, which is a tiny school within NYU. They let you choose your own major so I decided to study the relationship between fine art, the entertainment industry and philanthropy and see where we can build bridges between them.

    How did that lead into acting? All my life I’ve just wanted to be a storyteller, to share my take on the human experience and explore the consequences of what we do and why. I’ve been infatuated with the potency of film as a platform to tell stories and I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re talking through a script or the camera, I feel like I’m just here to share my perspective on things.

    Are you still making art? Yeah, I’m always itching to make and create something. We have a million moments in between takes and scenes at work so I always have a pencil, a notebook or a camera on me – I’m addicted to the process of creation.

    Have you ever done any performance art? I thought that might be a good medium for you… combining the two. A lot of people ask me that but no, I haven’t really had the desire to do that. For the moment I’m sticking to portraiture. I’m inspired by artists like Cindy Sherman… I’m on a show that takes up most of my year and I don’t get to play a lot of characters that I’d love to. Using my downtime to dress up for two seconds of a snap shot to play a character lets me sneak into the skin of someone I would one day like to be able to play but don’t have a chance to. So I guess that is a form of performance art.

    What was the last exhibition you went to? I just got back from New York where I saw the Tim Burton exhibit. And did you go to the Tracey Emin show in London? At the White Cube Gallery? She’s so dirty, I love her!

    Gillian’s Top 10 Artistic Influences

    1. I’m currently obsessed with Marcel Dzama – he’s a Canadian contemporary artist.
    2. Kati Heck is an artist I found in Berlin while I was travelling over there and I’ve been infatuated with her work ever since.
    3. Goran Djurović – he’s a Serbian artist who I just discovered out at this gallery Obsolete, here in Los Angeles.
    4. Mark Whelan is a good buddy of mine I met in Australia and he does something that looks like dipping dots mixed with S&M!
    5. There’s a filmmaker, a guy named Cam Archer who just blows my mind… he made a film over here called Shit Year with Ellen Barkin and Luke Grimes and that’s definitely my favourite film of the year.
    6. Also have you heard of a guy called Robbie Basho? He’s like one of THE uncelebrated 60s acoustic guitarists.
    7. Also, a guy named Moondog – you have to look him up, he’s phenomenal. He dresses up like a Viking!
    8. Then a band called Wiseblood who just put out their first EP this year.
    9. My friend Malcolm Ford, he’ll be releasing a record later this year produced by Queens of the Stone Age.
    10. Lastly a writer, a Kenyan author whose first novel/memoir is called ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’. His name is Binyavanga Wainaina – he writes about the kind of Africa that’s long been forgotten. It provides a better perspective than that of the Western world, looking in on what we imagine Africa to be.

    Text: Frankie Mathieson


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