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August 29, 2014

Paul’s film Amira & Sam has been picked up by Drafthouse Films according to Deadline.com

Drafthouse Films has sprung for Amira & Sam, an indie dramedy romance starring Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Freaks and Geeks) and newcomer Dina Shihabi as an Army vet and an illegal Iraqi immigrant whose love is put to the test when she’s faced with deportation. Writer-director Sean Mullin helmed the pic, which is executive produced by The Spectacular Now‘s James Ponsoldt and also stars The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, and David Rasche. Drafthouse has slated a cross-platform limited theatrical, VOD, digital, and home video release for early 2015.

The Austin-based distributor snapped up Amira & Sam following its premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year. It’s scheduled to screen at the Drafthouse’s upcoming femme-centric Forever Fest this Fall. The Five By Eight Productions picture is produced by Terry Leonard from Strongman and Erich Lochner and Matt Miller from Vanishing Angle. Meg Montagnino-Jarrett and Peter Sobiloff from Hole in One Productions are also exec producers alongside Ponsoldt.

West Point grad-turned-filmmaker Mullin makes his feature debut with Amira & Sam. “Most soldier-coming-home-from-war films deal with soldiers battling PTSD,” he said in a statement, “and so I wanted to flip that well-worn premise on its head and ask: What if the soldier who returns is fine, but it’s his country that’s lost its mind?” Preferred Content’s Zac Bright negotiated the deal with Bec Smith from UTA Independent Film Group and Andre Des Rochers from Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP on behalf of the producers, and James Emanuel Shapiro from Drafthouse Films.

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  • August 29, 2014

    Paul is at the Venice Film Festival promoting his new film Before I Disappear! I have added the first bunch of pics I was able to find!

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  • August 25, 2014

    Robin Ross from TV Guide gives us a sneak peek of one of the special features of the Season 5 DVD.

    Counting down the days before The Vampire Diaries returns? Us too! Which is why we’re here to satisfy your craving with an exclusive video from the Season 5 DVD.

    Among the big moments last year (RIP Katherine!) was the CW series’ milestone 100th episode. And as with most epic achievements, this one came with an awesome party filled with pretty people — in this case our favorite cast members past and present. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the big bash and see what stars Nina Dobrev,Paul Wesley, Joseph Morgan, executive producer Julie Plecand more had to say about the accomplishment.

    The Vampire Diaries Season 5 DVD is out on September 9and Season 6 returns Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8/7c on The CW.

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  • August 22, 2014

    So excited! Only 41 days left!

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  • August 22, 2014

    Here are some videos from Comic Con I found that I think you will enjoy!

    The Vampire Diaries Panel

    Paul’s Fan Q&A

    The Originals Cast Sings Happy Birthday to Paul

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  • August 21, 2014

    I love when EW talks to Julie Plec because we always get fun news (even when it is vague!)

    Considering that The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and exists in the same universe, it doesn’t seem all that hard for the shows to cross over every once in a while. But as executive producer Julie Plec mentioned at Comic-Con, it’s harder than fans might think. Not only do the stories have to come together in a natural way, but the logistics of getting an actor (or two) from one show to another isn’t the simplest task.

    That being said, the two shows did manage a total of two crossovers last season—one when Tyler came to The Originals and another when Klaus and Rebekah made an appearance in Mystic Falls during TVD‘s 100th hour. And the good news is that it looks like the stories are going to converge again this year.

    Plec revealed that, as of right now, there is a crossover in the works. “It looks like we are going to be able to do a crossover in the first half of the season, and I can’t tell you what or who or when because it hasn’t been shot yet, but things are looking good,” she said. The one detail she would share? Despite his current status as an Original vampire, Alaric will not be the focus of this crossover—though Plec is not totally against the idea of that happening in the future. “I just love the idea of Matt Davis playing in the pool with Joe [Joseph Morgan] and Daniel [Gillies],” Plec said when pitched the idea.

    But a crossover isn’t the only thing fans (and Plec herself) have to look forward to this year. After more than five years as the showrunner of The Vampire Diaries, Plec is going to make her directorial debut in season 6. Why the long wait? Well, probably because she never wanted to do it before. “I was convinced I would be dreadful at it,” Plec said. “I directed a school musical in college and it was being so terrible at directing that made me realize I was such a good producer and that put me on my first career path. [Laughs] Then I had to remind myself that I also thought I would absolutely positively never be a writer because I thought I was a terrible writer for years,” she admitted. “I just was convinced, ‘Oh, I’m good producer; I’m a s—ty writer.’ And then I actually started writing and I thought, ‘Oh, actually—I’m pretty good at this, at least intermittently good at this.’”

    And thankfully, Plec’s years of producing have left her feeling prepared and excited for the task. “The beauty of television, much more so than feature films, is when you are the showrunner, you make all those decisions anyway,” she said. “You choose the casting and the hair and the makeup, and you oversee the art direction, and you sit and you edit each episode, and you talk through every single scene with the actual director in terms of what you want for tone and character journeys and emotion and sometimes even lenses and shots and how you want the camera to move. You can be that specific when you’re collaborating with the director. So we all collectively, the producers and some of the actors and I, talked about it a lot and everybody seemed really excited to see what I could do behind the camera. So I’m gonna dive in and see how it goes.”
    Although it is subject to change, Plec is currently slotted to direct episode 15 of The Vampire Diaries.

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  • August 15, 2014

    Either Paul, Ian or Nina is undecided if they want to come back for season seven of The Vampire Diaries … read more from Kristin Dos Santos from E!Online.

    The Vampire Diaries’ days may be numbered—if one of the show’s main stars doesn’t come around.

    The core TVD trio—Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley—have been in talks with the studio, and so far, only two of the three actors have signed on for a seventh season, E! News has learned. The remaining star (either Nina, Ian or Paul) is unsure whether he or she wants to continue, according to multiple inside sources familiar with the talks. (Warner Bros. does not comment on contract negotiations.)

    The Vampire Diaries, which launches its sixth season Oct. 1, has been a hugely successful series for the CW, giving the fledgling network in 2009 its highest-rated premiere ever (5.7 million viewers). Season five averaged more than 2 million viewers, which is still pretty strong by CW standards.

    If all three main actors (Nina, Ian and Paul) were to sign on for a season seven, the show would have a good shot at a seventh season pickup. We also hear it’s possible that the network would consider continuing the show without all three stars, shifting the focus to some of the other beloved characters.

    “I think the show will go as long as the actors want the show to go,” TVD executive producer Julie Plec said during our Comic-Con interview a few weeks ago (see the video below). “You know, look, everybody’s under contract. I know that we’ve got plans for season six, we’ve got plans for season seven. I know that our bosses have plans for seasons eight, nine, and 10. I said I want to be part of it as long as I know I could keep telling good stories and as long as the ensemble people that I work with want to be there and are committed and dedicated. So, so far so good, you know. We’ll see how long we can stay, doing it well. We’ll make sure that we don’t start sucking.”

    Plec also revealed that the idea she and Kevin Williamson came up with four years ago for the very last scene of the entire series could still come to fruition.

    watch some of the interviews from Julie at Comic Con here.

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  • August 11, 2014

    Unfortunately Paul did not win last night but he presented an award to Donald Sutherland with Lea Michele. More pics from the ceremony & backstage have been added to the gallery!

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    Paul Wesley Web > 2014 > August 10 | Teen Choice Awards
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