I have added captures of Paul from Thursday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, “Black Hole Sun”
Elena invites Liam to attend a party at the corn maze; Caroline helps Stefan clean up a mess created by Enzo; Alaric and Jo try to save lives after a devastating accident; Tyler is put in a dangerous position when his werewolf curse is put to the test; Damon and Bonnie make an important discovery that affects their quest to get back home.
I have added captures of Paul from last week’s episode of the Vampire Diaries, Welcome to Paradise!
Paul has been nominated for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards in the category of FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR.
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Damon relives a horrible day in order to find his way home. Elsewhere, Alaric tries to help Jeremy cope with loss; Stefan teaches Elena about creating a new identity; and Tripp shares a dark secret with Matt.
More new Vampire Diaries stills! Two new ones from episode six!
“I decided to try to flip the kind of usual story of a vet coming home and loosing his mind, and instead, what if the country lost its mind when the soldier comes home,” writer and director Sean Mullin told Hamptons.com about his first feature film, “Amira & Sam.” We sat down with Mullin, as well as the film’s stars Dina Shihabi and Paul Wesley during the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Mullin, who was a captain in the army and a first responder after September 11th, drew inspiration from his own experiences for “Amira & Sam.” The romantic comedy takes a look at interracial romance in respect to the reality of life in an age of terrorism. Sam (Martin Starr) is an Iraqi war veteran who is struggling to assimilate back into everyday life in an indifferent New York City. An Iraqi refugee, Amira (Dina Shihabi), enters Sam’s world in a whirlwind and forever changes it.
“The Vampire Diaries” star Paul Wesley plays Charlie, Sam’s driven cousin who after realizing he can leverage Sam’s army ties, enlists Sam to work for his Wall Street firm. “I read it [the script] and I thought it was great,” noted Wesley. “I thought it was the opposite of the character I do on ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ I’ve never played a Wall Street guy.” Wesley, who had seen Mullin’s short film, “Sadiq,” was impressed with the director. While the actor was familiar with Martin Starr from projects like “Freaks and Geeks,” his first encounter with Shihabi was her reading for “Amira & Sam.” “I had seen Dina Shihabi’s audition secretly and I was blown away by it,” said Wesley.
Mullin was equally as excited with the footage. “With Dina I didn’t know of her work, but her audition was incredible. I didn’t finish watching the entire audition, I made it about halfway through and I just stopped it. I called my producers and said that’s Amira. She just popped to life for me.”
To prepare for her first major role, Shihabi researched what was happening to the families of translators in Iraq and she found it shocking. “It’s not spoken about enough what happens to them,” said the actress. “It’s not really spoken about in the film too much but I just wanted to know where I came from.” While she speaks Arabic fluently, she speaks a Palestinian Arabic or Lebanese Arabic, so she had to learn a completely different dialect of Arabic. She and Laith Nakli, who plays her uncle in the film, reached out to one of his friends from Iraq, who recently came to America, and had him recite the script, which they recorded and she listened to repeatedly to make sure she was speaking authentically.
“To me, the most valuable type of storytelling is challenging perceptions and there’s this tension that exists between perception and reality,” noted Mullin. The director used the film as an opportunity to defy stereotypes. “It’s easy to paint somebody just with a single brush stroke and assume they’re this type of person, but underneath everyone has their own story.”
Mullin took a laid back approach to the script, and was even receptive to suggestions from the actors, like when Wesley suggested his wife in the film be pregnant. “I’m very much the Woody Allen school of thought where it’s like if I can recognize my story on screen I’m happy,” Mullin told us. Wesley believed the addition would create a more relatable character. “I wanted him to have an agenda. I wanted him to have a soul. I wanted the audience to empathize with him, even though he was flawed.” Which is precisely why Wesley thought having a pregnant wife made him less villainous. “I said, ‘Why is Charlie doing all this? What if his wife’s pregnant? He has a baby. There’s more stakes. He needs to put food on the table.’ An excessive amount but you know money’s money.”
The cast was open to improv as well. “Obviously a lot of the dialogue stuck but there were moments where Sean was like, ‘Just have fun, play with it’ and I think a lot of those moments ended up on screen,” said Wesley. “Some of my favorite films of all times, I look at the behind the scenes or I look at the making of and all of them are like we just came up with that on the spot. All the great moments, ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ Dustin Hoffman walking across the street ‘Hey, I’m walking here’ you know, that was improv. All those moments are these sort of serendipitous like moments.”
“It makes you very present,” Shihabi added.
Added a new still from episode five of The Vampire Diaries, The World Has Turned And Left Me Here. And since I am team Steroline I like this pic!