Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reality TV Awards voting ends soon

Voting for the 3rd Annual Reality TV Awards closes at midnight so it's time to get those votes in.

There are 21 categories from your favorite reality shows, including Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Amazing Race, MTV's The Real World, Big Brother and more.

Set to take place on Wednesday, May 13th in Hollywoodhundreds of stars are expected to attend including Perez Hilton, Ross Matthews and cast members from the shows listed above as well as some that aren't listed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Breeda Wool talks UnREAL, SXSW and Cheer Up Charlies

Actress Breeda Wool co-stars in Lifetime's UnREAL (photo courtesy of Diedhra Fahey). 
In March, ATX Gossip told you all about UnREAL, a new drama from Lifetime that premiered at SXSW. In case you missed our chat with Shiri Appleby you can check it out here, or with Constance Zimmer here. 
To give you a refresher, UnREAL is a ten episode series that gives viewers a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition show (much like The Bachelor).

UnREAL cast and creators at SXSW 2015.
While Appleby, Zimmer and Freddie Stroma (the "bachelor") all took part in a Q&A at SXSW, they weren't the only cast members in attendance. co-star Breeda Wool was also there. 

After the fest, we sent Wool some questions and asked what attracted her to UnREAL.
I watched Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze (the short that premiered at SXSW in 2014) and I was completely sold. It was stealthily written, maneuvering through empathy and cold hearted manipulation with ease.
When asked how it felt screening at SXSW, Wool said she was nervous but felt honored to share their work at such a great festival. 

"I got prideful butterflies in my stomach."

As for hitting the scene in Austin, Wool was lucky enough to find time to visit one of the ATX's finest establishments, Cheer Up Charlies, and shop some local thrift stores. That's a girl after our hearts right there.

Of course, we couldn't complete our interview without asking our 10 Totally Texas questions.

Here's what the red headed stunner had to say.

What is your favorite movie and/or TV show shot in Texas?

I watched Friday Night Lights until I could no longer tell the difference between reality and Netflix. It was a three day shut-in, and I’m married to Tim Riggins in my mind.  

Who is your favorite Texas musician?

Janis Joplin beats out Meat Loaf by a narrow margin. 

What actor would you call “totally Texan?”

Isn’t Matthew McConaughey the President of Texas? 

What Texas food did you look forward to eating while in Austin?  

Cornbread! I seriously cannot get enough cornbread into my Yankee mouth. 

If you didn’t work in film/TV, what would you be doing?

I’d want to work for Dr. Ramachandran as a neuroscientist or as an archeologist.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? 

Jane Lynch. 

What’s your theme song?

Rappers Delight by The Sugarhill Gang. 

What are a few of your favorite past projects?

I was a street performer, performing as a wolf with six other super tall wolf women in an avant-garde dance piece that toured the world. We hunted people in the streets. 

What projects will you be working on in 2015?

I am really looking forward to the premier of UnREAL on June 1st, 10pm on Lifetime. Tune in, it will be wonderfully fun. 

What advice do you have for Austinites looking to get into the biz?

Keep doing it every day and never give up.

As Wool mentioned, you can check out UnREAL when it premieres June 1 on Lifetime.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

ATX Gossip's top 10 moments of SXSW 2015

Another SXSW has come and gone and as we look back, we can't help but smile at the good times we had at this year's fest.

As we started learning three years ago, it is simply impossible to do everything you want to do. So, instead of running ourselves ragged trying to get to all the red carpets and see all the big films, we ditched the schedule (for the most part) and simply went where the day took us.

And, oh, the places we would go.

Here are our top ten moments from SXSW 2015.

10 - Crossing paths with Glee's Lauren Potter

At the Samsung Lounge we spotted Potter, who played Beck Jackson on Glee. The actress also stars in Guest Room which premiered at the fest.

9 - The Mophie rescue dogs

So cute.

8 - Angie TriBeCa 

I am not a sitcom/comedy person. But the Airplane style humor in this new TBS series had me in stiches.

The panel that followed, featuring Steve and Nancy Carell and Rashida Jones, was hilarious as well. I now have a girl crush on Jones, who I later spotted wearing THIS rocking leather jacket. 

7 - Randomly running into Cameron Frye

Spotted Alan Ruck at Starbucks on day one and couldn't pass up the chance to snap a pic with the Sausage King of Chicago. Ruck wasn't even in town for SXSW. His wife is shooting a pilot for ABC and their schedule just happened to overlap with the fest.

6 - All the cats!

Met Morris (or, more likely, a descendant of the famous ginger), Grumpy, Waffles, Oskar and Klaus... and, our most favorite, Lil Bub.

5 - A selfie with Sally Field

We like her. We really like her.

4 -  A selfie stick at the Mashable party

Fancy in the foreground, John Cusack in the background
Because there's no one who needs a selfie stick more than us.

3 - Nat Geo's Escape the Cold

We had the best time at the Nat Geo Escape the Cold experience. 30 more seconds and we'd have escaped. 

Afterwards, we hung with Sue, the star of the Life Below Zero series. She is fascinating!

2 - All the 80s

In addition to the run-in with Alan Ruck, we watched The Breakfast Club with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy in attendance, snapped a pis with John Cusack in the background and screened Christian Slater's new series Mr. Robot.

1 - All the TV

With Constance Zimmer from UnREAL
With all the TV programming, we had little time for film and we're totally OK with that. Lifetime screened the new drama UnREAL, CW premiered iZombie, FX showed The Comedians and, as previously mentioned, TBS previewed Angie Tribeca while USA brought the entire cast of Mr. Robot to the fest. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet LA actor Jay Ali of "The Fosters" on ABC Family

Jay Ali left England for LA just over five years ago. He had no contacts, no prospects and no acting experience. Though he was greeted by a sea of people telling him he was wasting his time in Hollywood, he stuck with it. 

Currently starring as Timothy on ABC Family's The Fosters, he's been working consistently for the past three years.

ATX Gossip asked him to share some of his experiences and offer a bit of advice to others looking to get into the biz.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 8 - Rachael Ray's Feedback House

For the eighth year, Rachael Ray is back at SXSW with her Feedback party and house. 

We hit the house Friday evening to check out Music Band, Parlour Tricks, Colony House and Alberta Cross. 

Spotted Rachael Ray in the crowd looking adorbs with her hubby, whose band The Cringe plays Saturday's Feedback party at Stubbs. 

Here are highlights from the evening lineup. 

We're pretty sure the lead singer of Music Band (left) is wearing a wig. Right? hailing from Nashville, the band has a Spinal Tap vibe.
Parlour Tricks was up next. Hailed as the Best Pop Band in New York 2014 by the Village Voice, we totally understand why. These ladies can rock... or pop... or whatever.
When it was time for Alberta Cross to take the stage, Rachael Ray passed right by us as she excused her way to the front of the crowd with her hubby and two pals in tow.
She stayed put for the entire Alberta Cross set.
We also crossed paths with the Brewmaster for Blue Moon. They sponsored the event along with parent company Miller Brewing, Gevalia Coffee, Titos and Grand Hawaiian, who brought in a  food truck.
The annual Feedback party is going down Saturday at Stubbs. Check back for a rundown of that event on Sunday.