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Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan bring a little Grace to Boston

Metro – While many Boston-based films tend to focus on the rougher aspects of the city, Grace, a new indie movie starring Katie Cassidy and Tate Donovan, gives viewers a peek at different side of the Hub.

Directed by Bay State native Devin Adair, Grace recently made its U.S. premiere at the Boston Film Festival earlier this fall. The small budget flick forgoes the gangster-filled mayhem of blockbusters like The Departed or The Town, and instead tells the story of an acclaimed author named Charlie Ellison (Donovan) who gets his world turned upside down when his agent (Matthew Lillard) sends him a feisty new assistant named Dawn (Cassidy). Insatiable actress Debby Ryan also stars in Grace.

According to Donovan, Charlie is a “crazy genius writer” who comes from “old, east coast money,” but has become a recluse over the years and is traumatized by his strict, abusive upbringing. Hailing from the other side of the tracks, the scrappy Dawn is working through her own issues as well and dreams of becoming an author, eventually finding a mentor of sorts in Charlie. Meanwhile, Donovan’s character is inspired by Dawn to write a new novel, which will hopefully clear up his financial woes.

Adair, who first came up with the story while attending high school at Phillips Academy Andover, was overjoyed to get the chance to film Grace in the Boston area, as well as premiere the film in her hometown. The first-time director notes that the story is an “homage to all the young women who really wanted to be recognized for their talent and the struggle that is for young women today.”

“It is the weirdest destiny thing to have shot this movie in Boston and now to premiere it in Boston,” says Adair. “It’s the most special thing that could happen.”

Both Donovan and Cassidy were thrilled to get the chance to shoot in and around the Hub, although the filming process was a bit harder on the Arrow star. Cassidy had to balance working on the hit CW superhero series with Grace, often flying back and forth between sets in Vancouver and Boston.

“I was literally not sleeping, kind of a mess, but it actually worked. I don’t know how,” admits Cassidy. “I think it worked for the character. I’m surprised I didn’t look 20,000 times worse than I felt because it was a lot of work. But it was worth it for me.”

Despite the many sleepless nights, Cassidy loved the story of Grace, as it portrays a hard-working, no nonsense woman who’s just trying to get her foot in the door.

“She just doesn’t give a f—k,” says Cassidy. “She just wants to have her voice be heard.”

“[Charlie] heard her and he allowed her to have a voice,” she adds. “With this movie, I love that Charlie gives her that. He gives her a voice and listens to her. I think as a woman, sometimes that can be frustrating. We don’t feel heard.”

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Arrow “7×01 – Inmate 4587” & “7×02 – The Longbow Hunters” Press Release

7×01 – Inmate 4587

LOCKED UP — Following Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver is tested when he runs into old foes. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) have taken on new jobs and left their costumes behind but not everyone is following suit. With her focus on William (guest star Jack Moore), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tries to start over but when someone from her past resurfaces, things become complicated.

7×02 – The Longbow Hunters (I don’t no if Katie will be in this one)

FELICITY IS DETERMINED TO FIND DIAZ AT ANY COST — In order to track down Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) from inside prison, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy. Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle (David Ramsey), whose allegiance to ARGUS now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs. Realizing that she can no longer rely on her old team or old methods, a clear-eyed Felicity resolves to find a new way to go after Diaz

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Review: “Grace” Exceeds Expectations in Every Aspect

Unfortunately Katie did not make the Grace premiere at the Boston Film Festival I would guess she was filming Arrow at the time but reviews are coming out now and from the looks of it there are all good.

Emertainment Monthly – Grace starring Tate Donovan and Katie Cassidy is a film full of comedic moments dealing with a once upon a time famous writer named Charlie (Donovan) who has writer’s block. To make matters worse, Charlie’s best friend and agent Bernie (Matthew Lillard) has spent all of the money the two made from previous books without Charlie knowing. If Charlie doesn’t write another groundbreaking novel, the two will be in debt forever. In order to save himself, Bernie decides to send in another struggling writer, Dawn (Cassidy) to inspire and help Charlie get back to writing.

Throughout the film, the audience is drawn into Charlie’s rich but broken life. Whenever the audience sees Charlie struggling the coloring is full of dark blues to indicate the stress and depression that Charlie has been going through for most of his life. He lives in the house he grew up in and is consistently reminded of all the turmoil his mother put him through. Luckily, with Dawn helping him he starts to get over the hurdle of his past and start writing again. Dawn continually inspires Charlie to enjoy life again and to not be fearful of the world.

The writing was so brilliant that even when there was no dialogue the actors knew exactly how to capture the audience’s attention. The actors Tate Donovan and Katie Cassidy did an amazing job of reeling the audience into their world of being helpless writers that wouldn’t have been inspired if they hadn’t met each other. Their dynamic with each other was breathtaking with every scene they were in.

The camera work was absolutely phenomenal. It amazed the audience that a certain movement of the camera angle could tell a story within itself. One of the most interesting camera angles was when Dawn would move around the glass bunnies. At Dawn’s old home she would move around beer bottles near the front door so then if there was an intruder she would hear the bottles knockdown and be warned. So when she got to Charlie’s fancy house she decided to take the glass bunnies and put those around the door so then she could do the same thing if there happened to be an intruder.

Grace is a film full of breathtaking storylines that so many writers can relate to. Not only was watching the film enjoyable, but also seeing how all the behind-the-scenes crew worked on the film was an amazing experience. Grace is one of the best movies of this year because it includes so much more than what meets the eye.

Overall Grade: B

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“Grace” Premiere To Be On Tomorrow

Great news for Grace it’s official US premiere will be at the the closing night of the Boston Film Festival, Tomorrow at 7pm at the Showplace Icon Seaport. Katie is said to be there so here is hoping we will have lot’s of news and photos on the Monday for you all. Till then the official Grace Facebook has been added in lot’s of new official on set photos of Katie and you can view them all in the gallery.

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Grace Heading To The Boston Film Festival

More exciting news on “Grace” it has just been confirmed to be heading to the 32th Boston Film Festival on September 20th-23rd at the Arts Emerson’s Paramount Theater Bright Screening Room and at the Showplace Icon at Seaport. It will invlude the US premiere of “Grace” that was shot locally and Katie is according to the site expected to attend the event but only time will tell on that.

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New “Grace” Clip

The official “Grace” facebook have just added in a new little clip from the movie with both Katie and Debby in it. You can watch it below.

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“Grace” Trailer

At long long last we have the full trailer for Katie’s new movie Grace that was just post on there new official Facebook Page. Katie will be playing Dawn who move’s in with Charlie to help him live and get over his writers block. The movie co-stars Tate Donovan, Katie Cassidy, Debby Ryan (who she worked with on Cover Versions), Matthew Lillard, Missi Pyle and Mircea Monroe. Before the trailer and only seeing the on set photos I had a different idea in my head about the plot of this movie but after watching the trailer it looks funny, sweet, sad and like nothing Katie has done upto now and that’s so refreshing to see. The movie will be on next month at the Napa Valley Film Festival but still no word on when it will be out for us all to see but I keep you posted on when it will be.

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From Ouroboros Entertainment and writer/director Devin Adair comes the indie film Grace. CHARLIE, a world famous writer suffers from writers block. With the book advance spent, and publisher threatening a lawsuit, his agent and best friend, BERNIE hires DAWN, a belligerent young woman to assist him. Dawn’s entrance into Charlie’s life sets off a series of chain reactions that force all three characters to face their worst flaws.

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Grace To Premier At The Napa Valley Film Festival

At long last we have some exciting news about Katie’s next movie Grace, The Napa Valley Film Festival will take place on November 7th-11th and they have just released a list of films that will be showed at the event and Great will premier there. At this time I don’t have the day or time for you all or if Katie will be making a appearance at the premier but I hope to have more news soon.

Charlie Elliston is a once famous author suffering from writer’s block. With his book advance spent, his agent and best friend Bernie sends him Dawn, a belligerent young woman in order to inspire and check on him – but she has some plans of her own. Starring Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan, Matthew Lillard, Mircea Monroe, Debby Ryan, and Missi Pyle. Directed by Devin Adair

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Going Away

Hey all,
Just a quick little note to say that staring tomorrow I will be going away till Sunday to see some old friends and go to the London Film And Comic-Con, I will not be taking my laptop with me so no updates till I get back and please try not to email me but if you do don’t expect a response till I get back.
Abby

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What Katie Cassidy’s Black Siren Will Be Doing When Arrow Season 7 Begins

Cinemablend – Black Siren showed her good and bad side in Season 6 of Arrow, and with Oliver locked away and Diaz in hiding when Season 7 begins, fans are wondering if Katie Cassidy’s Earth-2 vigilante will turn full hero or if she’ll return to her wicked ways. New showrunner Beth Schwartz spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets during roundtable interviews at San Diego Comic-Con, and said we will continue to wonder such things when Season 7 begins, but did share a bit of what the Laura Lance doppelgänger will be up to when things pick back up:

So, I love Black Siren. She is so fun. What we loved about Katie and the character from last year is that you never really know which side she’s on. Is she good? Is she bad? She falls somewhere in between. And so this year, with Lance’s death — which was really sad, I’m still not over it — she has a lot. You know, she’s pissed. She’s pissed at Diaz, so she has a grudge. And so we’re gonna see her dealing with that. . . . Yeah, she’s gonna play between good and bad again, and we’re gonna see how that affects her when she wants to get revenge for Lance’s death.

Black Siren will apparently be out for blood when Season 7 begins, and she’ll have a major score to settle with Ricardo Diaz for his part in the death of Quentin Lance, among other things. Now, her specific thirst for justice in this case doesn’t seem as if it will lead her to give up her wicked ways, which means she might end up clashing with various members of Team Arrow on her vengeful quest. The positive side of Laurel’s evil streak is that things haven’t changed for her in general as much as they have for Team Arrow proper, so she’s likely been able to continue her search for Diaz uninterrupted, while the heroes have tried to keep their noses clean and names out of vigilante-bashing headlines.

As far as Black Siren’s mixups with our heroes are concerned, Juliana Harkavy teased that Laurel and Dinah will be butting heads again in Season 7. Harkavy, who shared a first look at her character in Season 7 not that long ago, revealed that the two women will still be at odds, similar to how they were throughout Arrow Season 6. But beyond the clashing, it appears each might gain a mutual respect for the other before the season ends. Here’s how Harkavy put it during the Comic-Con roundtables.

It was intense, and I think that relationship and that dynamic is evolving in a very cool way. You know, they are still definitely at odds, but yeah, there is going to be a shift there, for sure. Actually, some of my favorite writing this season has been the stuff between Dinah and Laurel.

Juliana Harkavy was such a fan of her scenes with Laurel this season thus far, it actually had her pitching the duo make their own Birds of Prey group, after the topic came up. Harkavy’s answer all but confirms that Arrow won’t feature an iteration of the iconic superhero team in the first half of Season 7, but it would seem to indicate that Harkavy thinks Dinah and Laurel will be on good enough terms that they could eventually team up for their own spinoff. Of course, Harkavy also pointed to the fact that DC is developing a Birds of Prey movie, and even though she might have thought of that as reasoning to make it happen on Arrow, we all know the DCEU has often led to Arrow excluding or removing characters from its narratives.

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Arrow Season 7 Trailer

As I said before the first trailer for the new season of Arrow was shown at the Comic-Con panel yesterday, It dose not show a lot but we do get to see Katie in lawyer mood still pretending to be Earth 1 Laurel, Will she still be black siren?, will she join team Arrow?, will she be good? guess we will have to wait till October to find out.

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Bad News About Comic Con

unfortunately we have some bad news as much as we were all looking forward to seeing Katie at today’s Comic-Con she has had to pull out and won’t be attending the Arrow SDCC panel later today due to family emergency, I would like to wish Katie the best with this emergency and hope all is ok in the end. But the good news is we should get the see some of season 7 and with it some new Katie footage.