If you follow me on social media, I’m sure you’ve seen me post pictures in a pretty serious wig recently, for the part of Rapunzel in Asylum’s AVENGERS GRIMM. Well today, I’m happy to say that it’s been released in select theaters and on VOD, yay!! I had an absolute blast working on this film. Everyone in the cast and the crew made this a exceptional experience and I’m ecstatic that I can finally share it with you. As far as acting bucket list items are concerned, I’ve always wanted to play a fairytale princess and I have to say that getting to do it this way, as one who also kicks ass in the name of justice is the most I could have asked for. I hope you guys enjoy it, and if you don’t have time to watch it right away, check out an exclusive clip below!
AVENGERS GRIMM –
When Rumpelstiltskin destroys the Magic Mirror and escapes to the modern world, the four princesses of Once Upon a Time—Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel—are sucked through the portal with him. Well-trained and endowed with magical powers, they must fight Rumpelstiltskin and his army of thralls before he enslaves everyone on Earth.
Starring Casper Van Dien (STARSHIP TROOPERS), Lou Ferrigno (THE INCREDIBLE HULK, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON), UFC champion Kimo Leopoldo, Rileah Vanderbilt (TEAM UNICORN), Milynn Sarley (TEAM UNICORN).
Directed by Jeremy M. Inman.
On demand everywhere and in select theaters 3/17/15!
It’s February! Yay! The start of the new year! Like most of you, I make new year’s resolutions that tend to be more on the fitness and health side of things. I like the idea that we have power over how we look and feel if we’re willing to take it. Of course like most things, it’s much easier said than done, right? Life gets in the way. Work, school, sleep, stress, friends, Vampire Diaries, meh…all of it designed to make you feel like you don’t have time in your day to take care of your personal fitness and health goals. No matter how hard you brain wants it, sometimes it feels impossible to get your body motivated as well. It’s even more difficult if you don’t have a specific goal, or a buddy to keep you accountable.
I follow many Instagram accounts that are fitness or health related in nature, and one of the things that continue to show up on my feed are 30-day fitness challenges. They’re usually simple exercises targeted towards one muscle group that you do on a daily basis at home or at the gym. Each day, you level up to more repetitions so it gets increasingly more challenging as you progress. It’s not meant to be a total body workout, but what I like about the idea of it, is that even if you have no motivation to workout, it gets your mind and body in a routine of being active each day. I know from personal experience, that sometimes motivation to workout comes only after you’ve forced yourself to do it for a couple of weeks. Once you get into a routine, all of a sudden it doesn’t seem so hard to get out of bed and go to the gym, you even eventually WANT to workout and end up loving it.
The first 30-Day Challenge that I decided on are squats. Why you ask? Well, at least for me, my booty is one of the hardest things to get in shape. It’s a flat little thing, and I don’t dedicate nearly enough time on it fitness wise. I’m constantly salivating over perfect perky butts that I see online. This is the year of the delicious booty…I have named it and therefore it is. Take that Chinese Zodiac! Who else wants to sculpt their glutes into a thing of beauty?? If you’re with me, then keep reading and I’ll give you all the information you need to start the challenge with me!
I’ve never done one of these challenges before, but just like most of you, from time to time, I need a little boost getting up into the fitness saddle again. I reached out on Facebook and asked if anyone would be interested in participating in a challenge with me and whoa did I get a lot of positive responses! I’m so excited about everybody’s enthusiasm to try this out with me! It should be a fun way to stay accountable and on goal:)
First things first, you are all going to need to know what the goal is everyday and you can follow along with this handy little chart:
I found that this website: www.30dayfitnesschallenges.com was an amazing place to find a ton of articles on fitness, healthy recipes, and most importantly videos on how to do the exercises in their challenges. Guys, this is so so so important. Proper form when doing any type of exercise is crucial in getting the best workout while not getting hurt. If you aren’t really sure what the proper form for a squat is PLEASE check out the video below or go to their page for more information before starting the challenge. .
Some of you are probably wondering after looking at the chart, “how is it possible to do that many squats at once?” Truthfully, you don’t have to do them all at once if you can’t, or don’t have time to complete the daily goal in one session. What’s really helpful is breaking them up into sets so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. For instance, on the first day, I may decide to do two sets of 25 instead of just doing a set 50. Or maybe you only have time to do a set of 25 before work in the morning, just make sure you fit in your other set of 25 in sometime before you go to bed. Remember, the key to this isn’t doing them all at once if you can’t, it’s just making sure you DO THEM and meet your daily goal in whatever way works for you. Don’t give up!
If you are already the squat king or queen, or find two days in that this challenge isn’t hard enough for you, you are more than welcome to make it more challenging. A great way to do this, is by adding weight. You can use a dumbbell, kettle bell, or medicine ball to give you a deeper burn. You may also want to try making sure that each squat you do is deliberate and deep…really squeeze those glutes to get the best workout possible!
A couple of you have voiced concerns about being “behind” and not as in shape as the more fit people wanting to do this. Look, as with everything, you just have to go at your own pace. Nobody is judging you and it’s not a race. You know your limitations of what you can or can’t do so stick with that! However, if you’re worried that you aren’t going to see results at the end of the 30 days because you are over weight or not in shape, remember you can always pair this challenge with other things in order to really see results. Try doing this challenge and walking/jogging on a treadmill for twenty minutes a day, or try cutting out sugar for the next 30 days. I’m personally going to try to do this challenge at the gym everyday so it will hopefully motivate me to do more while I’m there…like the stair climber or lunges. Your results are up to you, so make sure it counts!
Here’s a couple of other helpful tips:
-Drink water. You’re supposed to drink close to your weight in ounces everyday. I personally hate water, so if I drink around 80 oz. a day I call that a win. It’s so important for flushing out toxins, getting rid of bloat, giving you energy and rehydrating your muscles
-Eat protein. Here’s the thing, protein is super important if you want to build muscle. It’s basically what you need to feed your booty if you want it to plump up and be delicious. You should strive for 20 grams of protein at every meal. Including snacks. Here are some awesome foods that are high in protein:
-Set an alarm on your phone that reminds you when it’s time for squat o’clock. I do this with my meals and it forces me to be conscience of when I should be eating during the day. It’s so easy to get caught up, and it’s nice to have a reminder that tells you to stop what you’re doing and work on your goals. Something else that may help you keep track of your daily goals is the 30-Day Fitness App for iPhone and Android!
-Take a start and end picture. I know, it seems silly to take a picture of your butt, but seriously there’s nothing better to motivate you than seeing the actual progress of your hard work. You don’t have to post it publicly if you don’t want, but I would love to see your guy’s progress at the end of the Challenge!
That’s it! I can’t wait to take this journey with you guys! I’m so excited to see how we all end up at the end of the 30 days! Imma leave you with a picture of a delicious booty…because let’s strive for awesome!
Hey guys! SDCC is upon us once again! This year, I really thought that I was gonna be able to take it easy and not have so many commitments but as we have gotten closer, my schedule has blown up! If you’d like to find me to say hi while you’re down in San Diego below is my itinerary!
WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD
HOP CON 2.0 – 7pm-10pm
Location: Stone Brewing Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station
Address: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116 San Diego, CA. 92106
Last year, I had the pleasure of going to Wil Wheaton’s and Stone Brewery’s Hop Con. This year, Wil asked me if I’d like to make a beer with him, Aisha Tyler, and Bobak Ferdowsi…of course I said absolutely!! If you’ve ever wanted an elixir that summons Unicorns, I will be debuting my creation ‘Unicorn Summoning Ale’ this Wednesday at Hop Con 2.0. The event has been sold out, but if you still want to try this magically beverage, it will also be available in the Gas Lamp! Location TBA.
FRIDAY JULY 25TH
THE TEAM UNICORN SATURDAY ACTION FUN HOUR PILOT TRAILER – 11am
“A Conversation with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios”
Location: Nerd HQ
Address: Petco Park
Team Unicorn has been hard at work putting together a quarter hour show for Adult Swim. We can finally show you a trailer of what all goes on in our unicorn minds! Trailer will be shown at the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios panel at Nerd HQ on Friday morning! Come see what Stoopid Buddy and Team Unicorn have been working on. All tickets purchased for this panel, go to Operation Smile!
THE TEAM UNICORN SATURDAY ACTION FUN HOUR PILOT TRAILER
(TAKE TWO) – 3:15PM
“Robot Chicken Panel”
Location: Indigo Ballroom (Hilton Bayfront)
If you missed the Team Unicorn trailer earlier in the day, we will be showing it later in the afternoon at the Robot Chicken panel!
TEAM UNICORN COSPLAY! – ON AND OFF ALL DAY
Location: Convention floor/Gaslamp
Come find Milynn, Clare and I dressed up as Star Trek Playboy Bunnies! We will be running around with a cosplay group for Castle Corsetry!
SATURDAY JULY 26TH
WONDER WOMAN COSPLAY! – AFTERNOON
Location: Convention Floor and Gaslamp
Like last year, I will be wearing my Wonder Woman costume from the popular Rainfall Films short that we did late last year. The costume, made by Heather Greene is really just too good to sit out SDCC:) May do a meet up so you guys can come grab pics with me! TBD.
SUNDAY JULY 27TH
CUPCAKE QUARTERLY SIGNING – 2pm-3pm
Location: Convention Floor – Booth 4300 (Signal Fire Studios)
I will be signing my issue of Cupcake Quarterly at the Signal Fire booth on Sunday! This will be your last chance to come say hi to me before I leave San Diego!! I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces!
Join Twistory Entertainment Studios on July 3, 2014 at 11:45AM at Anime Expo for a very special Women in Pop Culture Panel moderated by:
ELVIRA, Mistress of the Dark – Cassandra Peterson.
Panelists include the Superhero of Belle’s War Danielle Vasinova, DC & Disney artist Sho Murase, creators of Team Unicorn Rileah Vanderbilt and Clare Grant, and music sensation Bean who is going to be performing a few songs from her latest album.
The show also includes new SHINJUKU THE FILM footage directed by Robert Valley based on the Twistory Studios SHINJUKU the graphic novel, written by mink and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, an unveiling of SHO MURASE’s new graphic novel, THE ROSE GARDEN, and a special announcement about DANIELLE’S BELLE’S WAR Television series.
We also have a special Shinjuku giveaway for attendees.
Here is more info about our panelists and moderator:
Cassandra Peterson – twitter.com/TheRealElvira
Halloween icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was the first horror host ever to be syndicated throughout the US on national TV and has undoubtedly become the best-known Horror Host of all time.
In addition to her original TV show Movie Macabre, she produced, wrote and starred in the feature films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills, the TV reality series Search for the Next Elvira and, in 2011, 26 new episodes of Movie Macabre. She has made recent appearances on RuPauls Drag Race, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Oddities, Counting cars, Fangasm and Face Off.
Along with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, she is now part owner of Comikaze, LA’s preeminent Pop-culture convention.
Elvira is played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson who has spent over three decades solidifying the Elvira brand.
Danielle Vasinova – twitter.com/Vasinova
Known for her work in White Trash Noir, Danielle Vasinova is our very own Super heroine Belle, of Twistory Studios Belles War. She was born in New England and trying out for the New England Patriots Cheerleading squad when she decided to move to LA to pursue her dreams of acting. Since then, she has made appearances in shows including Dexter and Rules of Engagement. She is currently working with Twistory Studios on the short films for Belles war and learning all the tricks of the western era, including gun training and card playing.
Sho Murase – twitter.com/sho_moo
With a style that has Spanish and European accents, Sho Murase has the ability to touch many hearts when she puts a pencil to paper. She grew up in Barcelona and would visit her mother in Japan, but now resides in San Francisco where everything now makes sense for her. Her artwork focuses on a protagonist going through hardship and coming out on top. She has worked with Twistory Studios to develop her own series of photos.
Clare Grant – twitter.com/ClareGrant
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Clare Grant is the nerdy version of the girl next door. Her first on screen role had her working alongside actor Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line. From there, she has made her career a fun and certainly creative profession to watch. More recently, she is taking over Youtube with her ‘Team Unicorn’ and has been green lit for a pilot on Adult Swim.
Rileah Vanderbilt – twitter.com/Rileah
As a key part of Team Unicorn, Rileah Vanderbilt works with Clare Grant on a daily basis. Born and raised in Colorado, she is a known geek who loves all things fantasy and comic related, including Stars Wars. Her big break was in 2005s Hatchet after starting young and being involved in community Theatre Groups. She is now working on a series for Team Unicorn for Adult Swim.
Bean – twitter.com/noellebean
Dallas-born, Nashville-raised, and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and performer Noelle Bean began going by the surname “Bean” after her high school music teacher chose to address the budding musician by the one word alone. She was handpicked as 1 of 25 artists in the Macy’s and iHeartRadio “Rising Star” campaign, while both Pandora and iTunes created a “Bean Radio” channel. Her music appeared everywhere from OK TV to spots for Mitsubishi and Coca Cola’s Fantasy Soccer Camp. Meanwhile, she became a live draw opening for the likes of Colbie Caillat, Megan & Liz, Hot Chelle Rae, and Austin Mahone as well as giving a show-stopping set at Bonnaroo 2013. Everything has merely led up to the impending release of her two 2014 digital mini-albums—one in the spring and one in the fall—culminating in a physical special edition with extra tracks for the holidays.
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones is an epic one and there will be tears when we discuss the SPOILER events of episode 10, “The Mountain and The Viper.”
This we week Tiffany Smith (@TiffanysTweets) is joined by book readers and “Game of Thrones” super fans Rileah Vanderbilt (@Rileah) from Team Unicorn as well as Chadd Smith (@MaddChadd) from Step Up and LXD.
I’m so happy to finally be able to announce the cast to Team Unicorn’s new pilot with Adult Swim! What’s even more exciting is that we’ve cast our forth unicorn, the amazing Alison Haislip! She’s a breath of fresh air and we are so excited to have her.
Production is underway on the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot forAdult Swim. Penned by Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny) and inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, the pilot is described as a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but for adults. It follows the adventures of the four mythical heroines who masquerade as human girls. Danger Maiden Prods’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt executive produce and star alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley (How I Met Your Mother) and Alison Haislip (Attack Of The Show) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) voices the villainous Dark Puba; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub; Tara Strong (The Fairly OddParents) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn; and Kevin Shinick (Mad) is the show’s announcer. Robot Chicken creators Seth Greenand Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Green is directing the pilot.
Danger Maiden Productions was formed in 2009 when Grant and Vanderbilt wrote/produced and starred in the viral video Saber, which won Best Action and the Audience Awards at the Lucasfilm Fan Awards. Recently they completed the trilogy, which has racked up more than 7 million views collectively. Team Unicorn first was introduced to geek and female empowerment fans in 2010 via G33K & G4M3R Girls, written and produced by its original members. The viral-video sensation captured a million views in its first week as a geek-centric parody of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” music video. Other Team Unicorn videos include Alien Beach Crashers, SuperHarmony, A Very Zombie Holiday and For The Win.
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!
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
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:)
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 +!