Massive crushes are in order when admiring KRISTIN FAIRLIE who is a sweetheart as well as a cutie-pie with maximum appeal. Guest-starring on “The Listener” as Amy Bogle, part of a dangerous crew who robs with military-style armor piercing bullets. There’s an emotional arc of an estranged relationship between her character and her father which KRISTIN fleshed out so credibly. As she has so convinced viewers before, many did hail her performance as a teenage gang leader on “Flashpoint”, with Canadian news media The Globe calling it formidable and unnerving. Such are her strengths when in character, it has lead her to win awards and notable roles opposite Kristin Bell and Anne Heche. Director Sofia Coppola also chose her to appear in the film ‘The Virgin Suicides’.
Don’t forget to check out the KRISTIN FAIRLIE OFFICIAL SITE and it’s easy to support her for she gives off an all-round pleasant vibe. Some have called her easy on the eyes and we have to say they are spot on. This Canadian honey is picture perfect with bundles of talent and her beautifully petite frame makes her even more luscious. If you’re like me, being addicted to Miss Kristin Fairlie will soon be a fact of life…:)
Discover a whole new wildlife adventure flowing with incredible experiences! On the River Safari Singapore, it will always be AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER!
1. Beguiling Giant Pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia
Pandas do sleep up to ten hours a day, two to four hours at a time and seeing them in the state of rest (above), they look cuter than ever! Kai Kai is more of the exhibitionist in contrast with Jia Jia hence the shots of him sleeping but any glimpses of them is enough to make us melt.
The Giant Panda forest is where visitors can find these adorable twosome and a little bit of patience is needed if you’re hoping for a peek at Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Efforts have also been done to best replicate their natural habitat as those found in China with dense bamboo and coniferous trees. As you walk through the reserve, notice the cool temperature which is ideal for the Giant Pandas.
2. Animal Show at Amazon Square
An animal show certainly puts a smile on a child’s face and even adults. River Safari has its very own which are held daily. At the animal show at Amazon Square, visitors get to interact with a variety of animals. There’s elements of pleasant surprises at every stage of the show from vultures swooping down from the air to being able to touch the skins of reptiles such as snakes and turtles.
The animal handlers are professional and injected quite a bit of humor during the show. Unafraid to get their hands dirty, especially when animals were spraying away with their overactive bladders, they made the show trickle along with tons of fun.
3. Menagerie of Fishes and Animals
The park is divided into two areas, halved by the Upper Seletar Reservoir. The first area called Rivers of the World contains the 7 “Rivers” – it features mostly sea animals like fishes and crocodiles. Freshwater habitats are the main focus here.
The Mississippi River zone was the longest and had several unique fishes including the Alligator Gar and the weird-looking paddlefish. The dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw of the Alligator Gar makes it fearsome while the paddlefish spatula-like snout, called a rostrum makes it quite a sight to behold. In comparison to the giants, the African Dwarf Crocodile is tiny and wouldn’t be considered dangerous at all.
On the other hand, the large Indian Gharials with their famed elongated snouts are a must-see exhibit at The Ganges River Zone. These crocs stand out from the rest of their species and they are a spectacle to behold especially during feeding time!
At the end of the Rivers zone that will be a bridge that will take you to the second area, Wild Amazonia which features mostly rainforest animals. There is the free roaming netted enclosure with lots of tiny Squirrel Monkeys where these little ones show their cheeky side. They are as captivated by us as we are of them I’m sure!
4. Colorful Goodies All Over River Safari
Around River Safari are stalls selling panda bear drinks which are encased in adorably shaped bottles bound to catch the eye. I reckon even the red pandas are dreaming about having a taste of the sweet liquid.
At the end of the Panda Exhibit is a retail shop followed by a booth where you can take pictures against a green screen which will be photoshopped as a momento. Well stocked with Panda souvenirs, be prepared to part with serious money if you want to own some.
The Chinese fast food style eatery Mama Panda Kitchen has its menu styled on the Giant Panda’s favorite food. Of course, the highlight has to be the Panda Pau which is sumptuous when eaten hot.
5. Amazon Flooded Forest
Located at the end of Wild Amazonia is the Amazon Flooded Forest, a re-creation of the wondrous South American rainforest. This is a behemoth exhibit in terms of its sheer size with underwater viewing galleries that will take you from the very bottom of the forest floor up to the water’s surface spanning several levels of 10 metres in height.
Marvel at Giant Otters, voracious red-bellied pirahnas, the giant arapaima and the graceful manatees all living in their natural habitat mirroring the underbelly of the submerged Amazon. Explore the cavernous-like structure in all its dimly lit glory and experience River Safari through your senses.
1. Christina Wren in “Man Of Steel”
- As Captain Major Carrie Farris in “Man Of Steel”, she has one of the best lines ever in the summer blockbuster! (I’ve just watched “Man Of Steel” and so should you!)
- Besides Amy Adams and Antje Traue, count Christina as the trio of sassy cuties gracing the Superman epic.
- Only Days ago, she attended the “Man Of Steel” NYC premiere in a red number and already she has the makings of a blossoming ingenue.
2. Kelly Kruger in “1 Out Of 7 “
- Kelly was one of the very first Canadian actresses I got in contact with for a feature on this blog and she’s still turning heads!
- In the melodrama “1 Out Of 7″, she appears as Tasha, a delinquent of sorts, shooting up heroin and being of unsavory influence.
- Her roles over the years have somewhat of a mischief factor and she does thrive when playing up the naughty side onscreen.
3. Victoria Summer & Linda Bella in “Dracula Reborn”
- Two of the most captivating faces in a Dracula movie! Victoria Summer and Linda Bella are perfectly cast as Lina Harker and Lucy, well known paramours of the Count himself.
- British Vixen Victoria channels old world glamour and she is gathering buzz with each feature she does.
- Likewise, Linda who is French has the European allure to propel her to become a darling of the indie scene.
4. Jenny Allford in “Captain Battle: Legacy War”
- Call her Miss Body Beautiful and that’s just one of the reasons why Jenny is a Bombshell from head to toe.
- She stars as The Necromancer in “Captain Battle: Legacy War” and is a picture of seduction as the redheaded villainess out for world domination.
- Her current run of being the lead in indie features is bound to win her plenty of admirers.
It’s breathtaking to see an actress who is so versatile and the very beautiful STEPHANIE ERB has enchanted in everything she’s done. Of course, most will remember her sizzling up “Two and A Half Men” in that memorable tease of a scene involving cleavage and Jon Cryer’s Alan Harper sheepishly uttering Barbara’s Mams…:) While countless are already fond of her thanks to her comedic appeal and effusive allure, many more will love that she takes on roles that has many layers. Check out the STEPHANIE ERB OFFICIAL SITE for more of her amazing work both on TV and film. Thanks to Stephanie, I’ve managed to score this interview with her which is an honor!
1. Tell us what was it like working on hit shows such as True Blood, The Mentalist” and “Bones”
Well, each show has a different style and mood on the set. TRUE BLOOD, as it often involves strange species of creatures, lots of blood, and some very silly crazy stuff, tended to be a fun environment overall. I think Alan Ball, the creator, has a lot to do with that. He is very aware that the show is pure entertainment and there seems to be very little room for diva behavior and everyone is treated very very well. For the wrap gift, the entire cast and crew got bicycles! He totally spoiled us! Great parties too….
THE MENTALIST was a great role and working with director Eric Laneuville was wonderful. I love playing the bad guy, especially because the bad behavior came out of left field. A nurse who kills her patients? And has a clear albeit crazy justification for doing so? Sociopaths are fascinating to play! Also, the tone of THE MENTALIST leaves a bit of room for humor, and I think humor is essential to make a drama work well.
BONES was a very sad and dramatic episode which was saved for airing on Veteran’s Day, as my character’s deceased husband was a very troubled vet in the script. Unfortunately, many on the set had the flu at that time (including ME), but in showbiz, you KEEP MARCHING and it was finished on schedule. The director Francois Velle was lovely and had to stage quite a large funeral scene at LA National Cemetery and it all went rather smoothly. All in all, I have been lucky that most of my TV experiences either offered lovely people, interesting roles, or both!
2. Can you give us a teaser on your upcoming projects and why did those roles appeal to you?
This summer, I am working on three films – - MISCHIEF NIGHT (dir. Richard Schenkman) , DO NOT DUPLICATE (dir. Aaron Mark) and THE LADY KILLERS (dir. Phil Leirness) — as well as a webseries called FLIP AND GLIB. The films are all different sorts of thrillers – ranging from the more bloody sort, to pyschological or comedic. All of them appealed to me because the directors and writers involved I consider quite talented and destined for greatness. Each character is very different too, which I love. One is an amiable aunt, one is a twisted producer lady, and the final one is a completely drugged-up victim sort. I always say my dream career would be something like that of Johnny Depp or Geoffrey Rush or Gary Oldman – playing all sorts of characters and perhaps some that aren’t really in my domain. FLIP AND GLIB is funny. I love comedy and I think the world needs it.. so I was happy to work with director Mark Taylor and go for quirky, often spontaneous and silly humor. Onstage I love comedy too. Nothing makes me happier than making my fellow humans laugh!
3. What’s the funniest incident that has happen on set and what has been your most memorable experience?
That is such a hard question to answer. Funny things happen all the time on sets. I would have to make a list. Watching Jack Black and Kyle Gass improv and goof around on the set of TENACIOUS D and THE PICK OF DESTINY was hilarious (and Amy Adams got a head full of goo by accident in one take, and of course, it made the cut). Messing with Tom Hanks’s pants zipper on NAKED TRUTH long ago on TV was pretty memorable because he was already a huge star and rarely did TV – the audience went bananas! (it can be seen on my website http://www.stephanieerb.com if you find the hidden “head” of Tom Hanks on my reels page). You have to remember also that people are on set for a LONG time and can get very punchy and EVERYTHING seems funny. Alexander Skarsgard from TRUE BLOOD spontaneously burped after sipping blood from an aorta he pulled out of someone’s chest on TRUE BLOOD and at the time it was HILARIOUS. Kind of gross, when you think about it too hard.
My most memorable experience has to be one of my first on-camera jobs. Shooting FEARLESS with Peter Weir and Jeff Bridges was a dream come true. Both of these men were caring, creative artists I had only dreamed of meeting before I was actually working with them (I had put them on a “wish list” when I first moved to LA). Every day was not only a huge learning experience for me, but set the quality bar very high as the work was meticulous and thoughtful and at times, due to the content, harrowing..(some of the shoot involved reenacting a plane crash, and ever since then, I am not able to fly without freaking out at the slightest turbulence). I would love very much to work with both of them again!
4. Who is the actor or actress you most want to work with and why?
Hmm…. I would have to make a list… some I want to work with because I think they are stunning AND funny and talented… Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr fit in that category… also icons like Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. So many UK actors I admire, but I also admire the way actors are treated and trained in the UK.
Those who have a flair with language, humor and have quirkiness at their disposal really appeal to me. I have worked extensively in theatre, and I tend to prefer actors who have some chops in that arena as well. There are also tons of directors I would love to work for, but that is another category!
5. What’s Stephanie Erb like away from the camera and what are your passions in life?
I am a mostly down-to-earth person. I love my friends and family and my work. I have just recently fallen in love with dogs and I don’t really know how I lived without having a pup by my side! I love doing live theatre when I can (although it is very time-consuming and very rarely lucrative, the latter being a pity), I love to travel when I can, and adore all sorts of cuisine. I am happiest when acting in some capacity though, as I have tried many other jobs in the past and seem to be only suited for this one! My father was a well-known classical composer and I think I get a lot of my drive to be creative from him. I try to do work for charities whenever asked and as I am able – and I love talking to fans – they are what keeps my industry going! I truly am concerned for the environment and wildlife on this planet (and I include humans in that wildlife category). I just recently got solar panels and wish they were provided to everyone! Compassion for each other and the planet are truly essential.
Thanks for the interview Haren! Lovely to meet you!
Channeling elegance on the red carpet at “Dances with Films” just hours ago, JENNIFER LAFLEUR is set to steal hearts thanks to her relatable disposition. Sometimes you can know when an actress is accommodating and JENNIFER’s dazzling smile can certainly be taken for more than just face value. Even after I told her time was tight for an interview, she went out of her way to provide me some juicy insight into her role in “Mutual Friends”. She was attached to the project from the beginning, and we played around with which role would be best for me. Having loved the role of Annie even though in some respects she was a villain in the movie: “The ex who comes back to town to try to win back her boyfriend who is now happily engaged and being thrown a surprise party by his new fiance.” But what drew her to the role was her connection to Annie despite the flaws as all humans are beset with and having the opinion that she was really just doing the best that she could. There’s a poignant line about people not really being afraid to be alone and that they are just afraid to start all over again. That very line is heartbreaking and Jennifer wholeheartedly felt for the sadness of her character. In one of her previous films “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon”, she pulled off the very nice job of creating sympathy from viewers and there lies the soundness of JENNIFER as a storyteller.
The origins of the story is that the director had actually asked 6 writers to write a storyline following a few parameters. Mainly that they be in their late 20′s/early 30′s, New Yorkers, and that the story end in a surprise party for someone named Christoph. He then took those storylines and weaved them into a cohesive script. Shot mostly in the directors apartment, using an empty apartment in the building as the “holding area” for actors who we sat around on folding chairs. Many of the actors knew each other before the film, but there were quite a few that were found by casting. So this was really the time when they all got to bond and develop friendships outside the film that really helped translate into our characters and the relationships they had inside the film. There are obvious signs that JENNIFER has what it takes to go far in the industry and with a role alongside Kristin Wiig in “The Skeleton Twins”, she could yet thrive as the next onscreen darling.
Most might be wondering what the “F” stands for and I can say with certainty that in the 60s, the “F” can represent quite a variety of things. For instance, Femmes who were Famous and Fashionable in the Swinging Sixties! It can also mean the Fun these Foxy women were having on and off the silver screen. So as a tribute to the icons of the 60s who left an indelible impression on countless, here are some of the shoots by my actress friends with the 60s theme in mind. Thank you to OMY for dreaming up such an ideal theme for the Singapore Blog Awards and the collection of pics here say it all…OMY indeed!
Ursula Andress was one of the most iconic Bond girls of all time. As Honey Ryder in “Dr. No”, she captivated so many when rising out of the ocean in a shockingly revealing white bikini. Actress Johanna Goldsmith channels Ursula’s sauciness with her own interpretation.
Girls do have plenty of FUN in the sun, surf and sandy beaches!
|Natalie Wood||Emily Spalding|
Actress Emily Spalding makes us reminisce of Natalie Wood whose childlike sweetness who was beautiful yet had the immense talent to emote onscreen. She was one of the most sought after actresses of her time and what was FUN about her was her innocence even when looking mature beyond her years with cigarette in hand (see above).
Brigitte Bardot set a fashion statement with her big, bright eyes accentuated by the signature sweep of eyeliner and her XXL hairband. A wide, XXL hairband worn across the hair line is just so stylish. Actress Rosa Nichols has managed to create the Bardot hairband look and being curvaceous, Rosa is as delectable as Brigitte in her heyday. FUN is certainly in the bouncy and bright colors of the clothes she is wearing.
|Eva Marie Saint||Susanne Wuest|
Alfred Hitcock has this to say of the “North by Northwest” hottie Eva Marie Saint….Just kick up your heels and have FUN. With that statement the sweet heroine and a glamorous charmer was born in Eva Marie. Actress Susanne Wuest is almost identical in her allure from her seductive pale skin to the very pretty blonde locks. From first hand account, I can tell you Susanne is one of the most affable actresses on this planet!
|Catherine Deneuve||Jessica Sonneborn|
Catherine Deneuve’s icy aloofness produces a different take on enticement in a lot of her films. The FUN is trying to read her intentions and similarly indie actress Jessica Sonneborn has the mystique that Catherine Deneuve projected all those years ago to captivate audiences. The use of mod colors in her pic which are bright and pop out are just so lively!
Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Sandra Dee has the distinct playfulness that capture the imagination of viewers. It’s definitely FUN to be flirtatious and while many figured Sandra was wholesome, she has that cheeky demeanor that shines. Just like Sandra, actress Sali Sayler is a model with quite the vivacious sprightliness that has always been addictive.
Girls and Fast Cars are a match made in heaven and seeing Diana Rigg atop the Lotus Elan 26R is a measure of how delectable she is. Similarly, Actress Christina Desiere looks ravishing in a sports car proving why there is such a gravitational pull when it comes to the hottest women at the wheel who have all the FUN…:)
|Diana Rigg||Christina Desiere|
In the sexual revolution in 1960s America, bikinis became popular fast and it sparked a buying spree. One can see how it hugs the svelte body of Diana Rigg and with actress Christina Desiere, she exudes her own delightful sex appeal.
Last but certainly not least, Jane Birkin is widely regarded as the original ’60s wild child with skinny limbs, long brown hair and her penchant for hippie clothes. Bell-bottoms, colourful headbands, and bare feet were part of the unisex hippie movement which at that time was the most carefree and FUN era. Actress Hillary Baack (recently seen with Ellen Page in “The East”) follows in Jane Birkin’s footsteps and enchants with both her lissome grace as well as her natural, hippie chick fashion sensibilities.
Having seen a photo shoot of SARAH ELIZABETH JOHNSTON where she’s described as a natural at creating a great variety of facial expressions and moods, it speaks greatly of her enchanting visage. SARAH’s bluish-green eyes exemplify her comeliness which is evident in virtually all of the pics I’ve seen of her. In “The Insomniac” screening at Dances With Films 2013, she plays Jennifer who is the girlfriend of a young man who is tagged as a suspect in a housebreaking. It’s wonderful to see her role is one that’s multi-layered especially since the film itself has some thrilling elements. While she’s starring in a cast that also consists of the sizzling hot Clare Grant who is one of my idols, SARAH herself is a looker without a doubt.
One of her upcoming films is “Richard Peter Johnson” about the AVN Male Performer of the Year, Richard Peter Johnson who retires from pornography to pursue an acting career. Leading man James Franco is the titular character and this is a comedy that could possibly raise the profile of Miss SARAH ELIZABETH JOHNSTON. She has been active in the short film arena and with her getting juicier parts in several intriguing features, this mesmerizing young actress is headed for a period of endearment by viewers.
LIVIA DE PAOLIS is a multi-talented Rome-born actress who can tell a story in her own distinctive way. It’s so appropriate that the title of her feature is “Emoticon” with the rush of emotions that enthrall from start to finish. She stars as Elena who is grappling with intimacy issues as she discovers love in the digital age. It’s only through the new relationships she makes that is leading her to gain a better understanding of affection between one another. As a film-maker LIVIA has carved a heartwarming tale of the value of social media in the daily life of a person. It goes deeper than what we can see, those smiley signs so ubiquitous in the day and age are actually connectors that instill a sense of bonding.
Kudos to LIVIA for wearing so many hats namely as director, writer and producer on “Emoticon”. She has stated that acting and directing (and on a small budget) was quite intense. “Emoticon” is premiering on 5th of June 2013 and it’s the best opportunity to catch up on what will be a promising career for the pleasant and kind LIVIA. She does have a few projects coming out in the near future, one being an existential romantic thriller with tons of twists and turns. Infatuation can come in many forms and in the case of LIVIA, her honesty which she has the ability to translate onscreen is worthy of a following…;) Well I had to add that famed emoticon symbol somewhere!