COMIKAZE SIGNING FOR CUPCAKE QUARTERLY!

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I will be appearing at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this Saturday for Cupcake Quarterly!!  Come by the Castle Corsetry booth, (booth #731) and get your copy of the magazine signed by me and my partner in crime Clare Grant!  I freakin’ love our Hogwarts house corsets we get to wear, courtesy of Ms. Lauren Bregman of Castle Corsetry!

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TEAM UNICORN FOR WE LOVE FINE!

Geek girls of the world unite!!  Team Unicorn has teamed up with We Love Fine to model some of their newest geek fashions.  It’s so refreshing to see clothing companies really start to make nerd/geek stuff for girls that’s not just t-shirts.  Leggings, crop tops, sweaters, oh my!  Check out all the styles at WeLoveFine.com

 

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SO MUCH LOVE! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!

Just wanted to take a sec to thank all you guys out there for being so supportive of our Wonder Woman project!  It’s been such a surreal and awesome experience.  I had hoped it would do well, but I never expected it to blow up the way it did.  4 million views in just a week…it’s kinda crazy pants!!  We’ve heard through the grapevine that the peeps over at Warner Bros. and DC have seen it and love it!  That still doesn’t mean that all of a sudden they are going to stop what they’re doing and hire our team to make a movie or television series, but at least they took notice and are really excited about the direction we took the character and franchise in.  I love this character and I so hope that I get to play her again!  Below are a couple of links to interviews and press about the project:)

xoxo,

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One of the neatest things was seeing the short trend all over the internet.  Not only were we front and center on youtube for a couple of days but we were the number one trending topic on Yahoo, Google, and Google +!

 

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Nerdist Industries Interview: http://www.nerdist.com/2013/09/rainfalls-films-shows-dc-how-to-make-a-wonder-woman-movie/

Fan Voice Interview: http://voice.fan.tv/2013/09/30/cant-wonder-woman-ha-chat-rileah-vanderbilt-short-film/

Impulse Gamer Interview: http://www.impulsegamer.com/rileah-vanderbilt-wonder-woman-interview-real-wonder-woman/

BuzzFeed Interview: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/amazing-fan-made-wonder-woman-short-film-proves-why-there-ne

WONDER WOMAN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA!

Um, so weird and incredible waking up to this!  Yay!!!!

 

WONDER WOMAN!!

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As most of you know, I recently got to work on an epic Wonder Woman project with Rainfall Films!  If any of you are a nerd like me, you know all the controversy surrounding this character and why Hollywood hasn’t made a decent movie or TV show.  Joss Whedon tried to make it work, but the studios weren’t having it.  Then there was that awful David E. Kelly pilot, where Diana sat around, ate ice cream and cried the entire time.  Did I mention the utterly terrible costume?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure you can find a replica in a stripper store on Hollywood Blvd.  Now, we hear rumors that there’s a new script for the CW, AMAZON that execs have shelved for the time being to focus on The Flash…seriously, The Flash?!  Not that I have anything against Barry Allen is his fantastic red spandex suit, but why can’t we figure out how to make Wonder Woman work??  That’s the question that Rainfall Films has set out to answer with this short concept piece created to get Hollywood thinking differently about this iconic character.

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Luckily for me, they were so kind and generous to offer me the part of Diana in this web project! Seriously guys, I can’t begin to tell you what a dream come true this was for me.  As a geek, as well as an actor, this role is the kind  you can only hope for.  No, it’s not on network T.V. and It’s not a major motion picture, It’s just a small labor of love by fans done on a minuscule budget, but I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had working in this industry.  I mean how many people can actually say that they get to portray a superhero for awhile?? ZOMG!

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I felt it was really important to depict Diana as accurately as possible…well, as accurately as we imagine her to be anyway:)  For the ten weeks leading up to the shoot, all I did was train and diet.  I even blogged about the process, which some of you actually followed!  Hopefully, I helped a couple of you to reach your fitness goals as well.  I’m a fairly in shape person, but I felt like I lacked the “amazonian” presence that Wonder Woman is supposed to have so I sought out to put some muscle on.  I wish I had had a couple more months to really define the look, but I must say I was pretty pleased with the results overall with the time I had.  Also, got to do all my own stunts which was so much fun!!  Our stunt coordinator, Surawit Sae Kang and his guys did an outstanding job making me look like I could kick some ass!  Definitely one of the highlights of being an actor for me is kicking ass on screen and looking good doing it, haha!

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Another thing that was really important for me in doing this role, was that the costume was correct.  In the case of Wonder Woman, I feel like the costume is just as iconic as the character.  You can’t have one without the other as we’ve seen in other incarnations of this hero.  Sure, the spandex bodysuit works well in the comics, but how does that translate to live action?  Well, it really doesn’t.  So, Heather Greene our wonderfully talented costume designer designed a functional costume that still kept true to the feel of it’s predecessors.  Not only did she create an updated realistic version of the costume, but she kept in mind the balance between Diana in Themyscira and Wonder Woman in our world.  I may be bias, but I really feel like this is probably the best costume I’ve ever seen for Wonder Woman, and I am so humbled and proud that I get to wear it!!!!!!!  I think back to my final fitting before the shoot, where I put on the full costume for the first time, and seeing myself in it, actually made me tear up a bit!  Haha!  I don’t even think I teared up when I found my wedding dress!  It was just such an emotional experience for me, as a fan to see this costume come to life and be the most perfect version of it possible.  I can only describe it as a very out-of-body experience:)

photoThis entire process has been so surreal for me.  I watch this as a fan and sometimes forget that it’s me that I’m watching…I just geek out and have to remind myself that i’m actually in the costume.  SO FREAKIN’ COOL!  I have to thank our director Sam Balcomb for putting all his resources and his faith behind doing this.  He’s an avid Wonder Woman fan and has done such an amazing job with every detail in trying to give us all a feel for what a live action Wonder Woman movie or television show could look like.  Also, a big thank you to all you fans out there who have gotten behind the stills and pictures that we’ve been posting since San Diego Comic Con.  The response has been so positive, and we’re delighted that for the most part, you guys are really excited to see what our version of Wonder Woman is!  I really hope you guys like this project as much as I do!!

Again, I just want to say that this is a CONCEPT piece.  It’s not a film with a thru narrative.  That may be disappointing for some of you, but for being a self funded project, there’s only so much Rainfall could do and still give you this quality.  So no tears or geek angst, kay?? 🙂 FOR A BETTER VIEWING EXPERIENCE PLEASE WATCH IT FULL SCREEN AND FULL RESOLUTION.  It’s even more amazeballz, trust me;)

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON ’13 APPEARANCE & SIGNING SCHEDULE!

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San Diego Comic Con is upon us again!  I’ve got a couple of appearances planned and I’d love to see all your awesome geeky faces, so come by and say hi!

Thursday, 7/18

11AM to 1PM – Hatchet 3/Holliston poster signing – Join me, Adam Green, GWAR/HOLLISTON’s Oderus Urungus, and HOLLISTON/GUILD director Sean Becker in the autograph pavilion upstairs! Autograph Pavilion AA19

8PM to 9PM – I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics! – Are you new to comics? Are you confused? Do you want to start reading but don’t know where to begin? Never fear, I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics is here to help you make the transition from “I kinda liked that Man of Steel movie” to “I know everything about Superman, including his Social Security Number!” Let panelists Jesse Snider(Evil Ernie, Toy Story), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), Rileah Vanderbilt(Team Unicorn), Tiffany Smith (GameGeek host), and moderator Aaron Sparrow(Darkwing Duck) indoctrinate you into the unequaled storytelling and imagination of comics!  Room: 5AB

Friday, 7/19

11AM – 12PM – Team Unicorn/WeLoveFine signing – Join me and the lovelies, Clare Grant and Milynn Sarley for a signing at the WeLoveFine Pop Up shop located in the Gas Lamp!  We will be premiering a brand new t shirt that we designed ourselves!  Come by grab a shirt and a picture with your favorite Unicorns!  You guys like Star Trek, right?;)  WeLoveFine Pop-Up Shop @ Hilton San Diego Gaslamp. 401 K Street. San Diego, CA. 92101

Saturday, 7/20

I’ll be running around on the convention floor all Saturday dressed in the most epic cosplay!  You guys curious about what project I’ve been working out so hard for? Well let’s just say if you find me on Saturday you’ll know;)

ALSO make sure you drop by booth #4300 or #3919 to pick up your copy of Cupcake Quarterly!  Clare Grant and I are the cover models for their second annual “geek” issue!

ADULT SWIM PICKS UP NEW TEAM UNICORN PILOT!!

So excited to announce that Adult Swim is officially making our Team Unicorn pilot!  It was announced in Deadline Hollywood yesterday!  Read below for more:)

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UPDATED: Ahead of Adult Swim‘s upfront next Wednesday, which will feature a performance by Kanye West, the network has set a slate of new animated and live-action series, pilots and specials. It includes previously announced new half-hour animated comedy series Rick And Morty, from Community creator Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, which is set to premiere in primetime later this year; a Mike Tyson quarter-hour animated series featuring the former boxer as a mystery solver; and off-network acquisition Bob’s Burgers, which launches this summer. 2013 marks Adult Swim’s most-watched year to date among adults and males 18-24, 18-34, and 18-49. Here are details about the network’s new original series, specials and pilots:

Related: Adult Swim Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Bob’s Burgers’

New original series and specials:

RICK AND MORTY – Rick and Morty is about a genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland. Animated half-hour.

MR. PICKLES – In Mr. Pickles, the urban sprawl of modern society pollutes the old-fashioned town where the Goodman family lives with their lovable pet dog, Mr. Pickles, a deviant border collie with a secret satanic streak. From creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny Or Die Presents Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time). Animated quarter-hour.

MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES – In the new animated comedy series Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries — like how to defeat a super computer at chess or why a famous author/werewolf can’t finish his novel — down for the count. Animated quarter-hour from Warner Bros Animation.

KING STAR KING – King Star Kingfeatures a punk rock, modern day he-man who falls from the realm of the gods to land as a fry cook in a slummy waffle joint. King Star King must regain his memory to defeat the evil (and adorable) Spring Bunny and rescue his love, the megababe Princess Snow White. Only then will King Star King regain his rightful place in the heavens. From artist JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens). Animated quarter-hour.

YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL – This new live-action series from Adult Swim is a workplace comedy about Gary, an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Gary hopes to advance in Hell, but he may be too stupid, lazy and kind-hearted to realize his dreams of promotion. Meanwhile, Gary’s intern Claude is more talented, more devious and will do whatever it takes to impress Satan. A Williams Street production, the show is created and directed by Dave Willis(Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Casper Kelly (Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Stroker & Hoop).  The series is currently presenting premiere episodes on Thursday nights at Midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim. Live-action quarter-hour.

ROBOT CHICKEN DC COMICS SPECIAL II– Faster than a speeding bullet! Well, maybe not but quality takes time. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, will premiere a sequel to their acclaimed Annie Award-winning Robot Chicken DC Comics Special in 2014.Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II brings you the awesomeness of the DC Comics universe of characters as only Robot Chicken can, with amazing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch comedy you’ve come to love after six seasons of the popular Adult Swim series. Executive producers for the second Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Stoopid Monkey’s Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner.

METALOCALPYSE: THE DOOM STAR REQUIEM– In Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem, we pick up directly after the abduction of Dethklok guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season 4 finale. With his life in danger his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score. Created by Brendon Small,Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem airs in October. Animated one-hour special.

HOT PACKAGE – Premiering in October on Adult Swim, Hot Package is a live-action fictional Canadian entertainment news program in vein of “Entertainment Tonight,” “EXTRA,” or “E! News.” Hot Package is created by and stars Derrick Beckles (TV Carnage), produced by Abso Lutely, with Derrick Beckles and Dave Kneebone as executive producers. Live-action quarter-hour.

Pilots:

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Two new live-action pilots from the creator of The Boondocks. Live-action quarter-hour and half-hour:

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories: Zach’s Haunted House – Tim, Eric and Zach are elated to learn their grandfather has left them each $1,000 in his will. However, there’s a catch. In order to collect the money, they must live in his haunted mansion for the rest of their lives. Are the three of them up for it? This Halloween special is written, directed and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) with Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).Live-action half-hour.

Ghostbags– These three frat guys were douchebags while they lived, but now that they’ve died in a horrible car accident, absolutely nothing has changed. Created by Hayes Davenport (Eastbound and Down) and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Allen Gregory). Animated quarter-hour.

Hole to Holefollows – the fabulous exploits of Ashleigh and Amelia Dangerhole, America’s sexiest billionaire detectives in a parody of ‘80s detective shows. From Pam Brady (South Park, Neighbors from Hell) and Arden Myrin (MADtv, Chelsea Lately). Live-action quarter-hour.

Filthy Sexy Teen$– Filthy Sexy Teen$ follows the exploits of a group of teens (and one high school principal) as they attempt to climb the social ladder by any means possible, even if they have to use sex, lies, and murder to get there. It won’t be easy in a school where everyone has a dark secret, and one mysterious teen is out to expose every one of them. Created by Curtis Gwinn (Walking Dead), Paul Scheer (The League, Human Giant) and Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Burning Love). Live-action quarter-hour.

Team Unicorn– Team Unicorn is a modern send-up of Saturday morning kids’ shows featuring a team of four sexy, culture-obsessed heroines who present darkly ironic twists on 80′s cartoon tropes. From the creators of Space Ghost Coast toCoast) Live-action quarter-hour.

HATCHET 3 RED BAND TRAILER NOW ONLINE! EW ARTICLE…

So after a year of waiting, HATCHET 3 is about to be released in theaters!  Today they released the red band trailer and it looks freaking amazing!  See it below in the original EW write up:)

‘Hatchet III’ exclusive: Check out the horror sequel’s new trailer — GRUESOME: ADULT CONTENT AND NSFW


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Few recent filmmakers have more enthusiastically, or more bloodily, embraced the mantle of horror director than Adam Green whose Hatchet franchise details the gore-drenched ways of swamp-dwelling maniac Victor Crowley. Indeed, 2010′s unrated Hatchet II made headlines when the AMC cinema chain pulled the movie from screens after just a couple of days.

Has that brouhaha prompted the filmmaker to tone down the mayhem featured in his slasher saga? Apparently not, judging by the new, extremely violent, and detached body part-featuring trailer for the also unrated Hatchet III, which was penned by Green and directed by BJ McDonnell.

Hatchet III stars Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Zach Galligan and is theatrically released June 14. But you can exclusively see the new trailer below — we would suggest you not do so while eating lunch.

NERDS VS. ALIENS…AN OPERATION SMILE/ELEVENDY PROJECT!

Nerds unite to bring smiles to kids!!!


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I’ve joined forces with some of the most influential “Nerds” of our time to bring you “Nerds VERSUS Aliens” releasing at SDCC 2013!  We are raising money and awareness for such an amazing cause, Operation Smile.  Operation Smile is a medical charity that has been helping children all over the world for over 20 years.  Our awesome friends over at Elevendy are putting together an EPIC mural featuring some of the coolest recognizable “Nerds” in the community!  This mural will be auctioned off at San Diego Comic Con with all the proceeds going to Operation Smile!  I’m so honored to be picked to be a part of this amazing project!

To learn more about this amazing undertaking check out our web site NerdsVERSES.com.  Sign up on the site to be notified when the project/auction/store is ready to release!

Check out the video below to see who else is involved!

TEAM UNICORN’S NEW VIDEO, “FOR THE WIN”!

You’ve waited a long time for this haven’t you? We know. Us too. Team Unicorn waiting to bring you something special, and by golly, we’ve done it. This music video is special to us because it’s our first original song, and in it, we sing about all the geektastic stuff that brought us together at the most geektastic place on Earth:San Diego Comic Con.
We feel like it’s a song everyone can get behind, regardless of their geekery, because it’s a song about people putting aside whatever damage they have acquired in their life’s quest, and coming together to have fun and win at life as equals. For the Win. Watch it. Share it. Download the song.

 

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