Jun
25
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Added a bunch of images of Lauren from last night’s premiere of her film Max to the gallery!

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Jun
25
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Lauren Graham is no stranger to working with children in her cult-favorite television series “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” and with animals in the feature “Evan Almighty.”

The part-time New Yorker is working with both in her latest film “Max,” from writer/director Boaz Yakin. She plays the mother of a Marine who works with trained dogs. When her son is killed in action, his dog Max is distressed and incredibly dangerous. Max seems to take well to her other son Justin (Josh Wiggins), but the healing process is difficult for everyone.

amNewYork spoke to Graham about the film, opening Friday.

What drew you to this role?
I liked that it wasn’t something I had done. I tend to play kind of verbal, more flaky people, and she was very different and I found the film moving. And I had seen several of Boaz’s movies. And I just knew it would be, it would have sincerity and wouldn’t feel like a kid’s movie. I thought it had some substance to it.

What was it like working with a dog that has such a major role?
It’s part of the technical challenge. Every project has its own components. And I have done “Evan Almighty” — I’ve worked with animals; I’ve worked with kids. … You have to stay consistent so that whatever take the animal gets right is going to be the one they use. So it becomes, in a weird way, fun. It’s part of the unknown. You’re not sure exactly what’s going to happen and it keeps you on your toes.

Have you considered coming back to Broadway?
Of course. … If I lived here full time, I would work as much as I absolutely could on stage, where I started. … But I have a person I live with, and he has a 13-year-old son. And, so, it just becomes, it’s sort of unrealistic while he’s in school. When I did “Guys and Dolls,” I was single and more mobile. But I think it’s something I’ll do in years to come if I get the chance for sure.

What is it that keeps you here in the Big Apple?
Well my dad grew up in a suburb of New York, and all my cousins were out in the North and South Forks of Long Island. It was just like a big part of my childhood: Coming to the city and going out to Long Island. … I went to Barnard. I started here, and this city was kind of the goal for me. The dream was to live and work in New York, probably based on everything from “Tootsie” to the movies I grew up watching.

Your first book “Someday, Someday, Maybe” was very well-received. Are you working on another?
Yes, I’m working on [a] sort of sequel, but you don’t have to have read the first one. It’s very briefly autobiographical. I’m not masking memoirs or anything. But I definitely was interested in kind of why I got to this certain place — what was I thinking when I started? And how did I possibly imagine that I could ever make it in such a tough business? And those years to me are interesting because it’s a time that people can relate to, where you just have a hope for yourself, or you’re not sure if you can make it happen.

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Jun
25
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Last night Lauren attended the LA premiere of her new film Max. Variety gives us a look at the night with quotes from members of the cast including Lauren.

Puppy love reigned at Tuesday night’s premiere of Warner Bros.-MGM’s “Max” with one of the star canines — a Belgian Malinois named Jagger — drawing most of the attention on the red carpet.

The tale of a military dog returning to the U.S. and dealing with the loss of his handler, “Max” evoked strong emotions at the Egyptian screening and the after-party at Sadie’s.

Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s motion picture group, noted the film is particularly timely, given the recent introduction of a bill by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to ensure military working dogs come home to the United States after they have been relieved from their service in combat roles overseas. He said handlers who wish to reunite with their dogs generally have to cover the costs themselves of bringing them back to the U.S. The bill would require the Department of Defense to cover those costs.

(An amendment to the bill, now awaiting President Obama’s signature, mandates that first right of adoption will be given to the dogs’ handlers and families.)

The cast and crew acknowledged the bond between canines and their owners. “I love dogs; I have three of my own,” said human star Josh Wiggins. “A Rottweiler, a black Lab, and a Chiweenie.”

Director Boaz Yakin, who has credits going back to 1989’s “The Punisher,” said that he and writer Sheldon Lettich had wanted to do a hero dog movie for many years. Lettich recalled the seed of the idea came more than a decade ago when he adopted what he thought were a pair of German shepherd puppies — named Charlie and Tia — and realized that they were actually Belgian Malinois after reading about the bomb-sniffing dogs at LAX.

“The photo in the L.A. Times looked exactly like my dogs,” Lettich recalled. “It turned out that the military had started changing to the Belgian Malinois, so that gave us the basis for our movie.”

Lettich began researching the U.S. Marine dogs at Camp Pendleton and adopted a third Belgian Malinois named Zoe a few years ago after Charlie and Tia passed on.

Lauren Graham, who plays the mother of Wiggins’ character, said she had a personal connection to the film in that the choir in the film comes from a church her grandfather attended.

“Many of them knew my grandfather,” she added. “I have a Southern family and felt very connected to the film.”

Among those at the after-party were MGM’s Gary Barber, cast members Dejon LaQuake and Mia Xitlali.

Jun
17
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THR spends a day at an abandoned hospital with the cast of the Jason Katims drama where its impending series finale is temporarily overshadowed by death — and marriage proposals.

A strange sadness pervades Parenthood’s set this busy November morning.

For one thing, the cast and crew of NBC’s critically admired family drama — produced by Friday Night Lights mastermind Jason Katims — aren’t at their regular cozy home on the Universal lot in Burbank; instead, they’re assembled on the dingy site of an abandoned hospital in Inglewood. Workmen feverishly have labored to install lighting fixtures and find working circuit breakers, but there still are cobwebs on the floors and ceilings amid a thick layer of dust on the walls, giving the setting a creepy atmosphere.

The fact that the scene they’re filming involves the deteriorating health of the Braverman family patriarch — Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), who’s in the hospital after a heart attack — isn’t making the mood any cheerier. Especially considering that everyone on set by this point likely knows the character isn’t going to make it.

But what’s really bumming people out is that this is the third-to-last episode before Parenthood, which aired with modest ratings for six years, finishes its run (its series finale was Jan. 29).

“We are like family,” notes Peter Krause, who plays Adam. “I don’t want to think about not playing with these people again.”

Krause will continue playing with at least one of his castmates; he and Lauren Graham (who plays Adam’s sister, Sarah) are a real-life couple. And Dax Shepard (Crosby) won’t have much time to mourn either; he’s writing, starring and directing a remake?of CHiPs. Likewise for Ray Romano (Hank; he gets this episode’s last scene, proposing to Sarah), who next stars in HBO’s upcoming ’70s rock drama; Erika Christensen (Julia), who stars on the ABC anthology Wicked Crime; and Mae Whitman (Amber), whose film career took off with a starring role in The DUFF. Certainly, Nelson won’t be staying dead for long — he’s headlining NBC’s Coach reboot next season.

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Jun
17
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I have found some pictures of Lauren from her childhood and have added them to the gallery so you can enjoy them too! She was adorable!

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Lauren Graham Fan > Personal > Childhood Years

Jun
15
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The Hollywood Reporter did an article on some of TV’s top actresses such as Caitriona Balfe, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Linda Cardellini, Edie Falco, Vera Farmiga, Sutton Foster, and more. They included Lauren and here is the feature on her:

THR asked: When were you the most panicked as an actress this season and how did you overcome those fears?

Lauren Graham
Parenthood (NBC)
“The first thing that comes to mind is Mae Whitman’s character gave birth, and we had about 20 minutes to do it because of restrictions that had to do with the baby and the abandoned hospital we were shooting in. That was a panicky moment technically. But to me the biggest challenge was restraint, and that’s something I learned over time on Parenthood. Especially after people crying — both the actors in scenes and the audience watching — became a thing. I tried to really ask myself, especially in the last six episodes, was it necessary? And was my emotion, in some way, going to rob the audience? I have a close relationship with my dad, and going through that journey of Zeek being sick with Craig [T. Nelson] was very personally emotional. You have to be disciplined. Those scenes with Craig, I just thought, ‘If someone is ill, you don’t show them how worried you are’ — not even my character, who had her limitations.”

To read the entire article go here.

Jun
15

While in Austin for the ATX Television Festival some of the Gilmore Girls Cast got together for an interview with the Today Show. I finally found a video of the entire interview.

The cast of the “Gilmore Girls” reunite for the shows 15th anniversary.

Jun
08

EW.com has shared with us the panel from Saturday’s Gilmore Girls Reunion at the ATX Television Festival.

Go here to watch!

Jun
07
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The gallery now has a bunch of snapshots from last night’s Gilmore Girls Reunion event at the ATX Television Festival!

I was especially touched that they left a chair for the late Edward Herrman and how they talked about him during the panel. Plus it is nice to think of Luke & Lorelai happily together as Lauren feels they are.

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Lauren Graham Fan > 2015 > June 6 | ATX Television Festival – Gilmore Girls Reunion
Lauren Graham Fan > 2015 > June 6 | ATX Television Festival – Gilmore Girls Press Line
Lauren Graham Fan > 2015 > June 6 | ATX Television Festival – Gilmore Girls Panel

Jun
07

EW.com did a live blog during the event tonight.

After eight years, the Gilmore Girls are back together! At the ATX Television Festival’s main event Saturday night in Austin, Texas, the cast and producers the beloved The WB mother-daughter dramedy held a Stars Hollow town hall reunion. The line to get inside the State Theater wrapped around the block as eager fans tried to get into the Entertainment Weekly sponsored event, but you can get a front-row-seat covering what happened right here.

Our No. 1 question: At a time when so many favorite shows being revived … could Gilmore Girls ever receive a second life and give fans a more satisfying ending?

7:31 p.m.: Panel was supposed to start at 7 p.m. but things are running late. That’s what happens when you have more than a dozen TV stars walking a red carpet. A few cast members like Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia venture into the theater. Screams, screams, screams from the crowd….

7:40 p.m.: Lights go down. The Gilmore Girls opening credits plays. The audience sings along.

7:43 p.m.: Arielle Kebbel, who played Dean’s former flame Lindsay Lister, takes the stage to introduce the executive directors of ATX Festival, Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, who teared up ahead of the panel. ”Gilmore Girls have been on our list for four years [to bring the festival],” McFarland said.

7:46 p.m.: EW Morning Live’s Jessica Shaw takes the stage, followed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Kelly Bishop.

7:50 p.m.: Sherman-Palladino recounts how she first pitched the show during a meeting with The WB. She met with executives and went through her ideas, which the network wasn’t interested in. “And the last thing I said was, ‘I have an idea about a mother and daughter who are more like friends and they said, ‘I’ll buy that.’” Except that was literally all Sherman-Palladino had. “I was like, ‘I have no idea what that is!’ … She went on a weekend holiday, “and we were staying at an inn and I thought, ‘Maybe [the mother] works at an inn?’” … “And by the time Monday came around, it all came into place,” she said, adding she wrote the pilot’s kitchen scene on the hotel’s stationary.

7:52 p.m.: Graham had heard about the Gilmore Girls script, but she was on another show on NBC. “Finally, they had seen other people, they said, ‘OK we know you’re on this other show, but will you come in and audition?’” she says. “The first time I read it and something really clicked.”

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