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Interview: Shannon Kane

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Actress Shannon Kane is well on her way to becoming one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood today. She honed her skills while working on the long running soap opera All My Children playing Natalia Fowler. That led to her work on the Nick @ Nite series Hollywood Heights.

Most recently, she had a recurring role on the hit series The Originals. She also starred in hit films such as Brooklyn’s Finest, Madea’s Big Happy Family and The Collection.

Shannon is one of the stars in the upcoming Lifetime holiday movie Seasons of Love. The movie will premiere Sunday, November 23, at 9pm ET/PT. The Michigan born actress sat down to talk with Pop Culture Principle about her new movie, working on The Originals and how she hopes to direct in the near future.

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Interview: Brittany Allen

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At the age of 25, Canadian actress Brittany Young stepped on stage and accepted the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Young Actress in a Drama for her work as Marissa Chandler on the long running soap opera All My Children. Her work on All My Children helped establish her as a versatile and courageous actor who could stand toe to toe with anyone in a scene.

Brittany soon landed recurring roles on series such as Bomb Girls and Defiance. She made appearances on popular shows like Warehouse 13, Saving Hope and Lost Girl and in the films The Rocker and Dead Before Dawn 3D.

Currently, she is starring in the Vicious Brothers alien shocker Extraterrestrial which is currently available via VOD and will be in theaters on November 21st. She sat down to talk with us about the film, the most challenging part of the shoot and if she believes in extraterrestrials.

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Exclusive: Set Visit Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D. Part II

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On September 29, 2014, NBC invited members of the press for an exclusive set tour for their hit series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. The media was able to get exclusive photos and interviews with members of the casts from both series. The visit started at the Cinespace Film Studios on the Near West Side and continued with a bus tour of several locations were the shows shoot. The entire six hour experience included stops at the firehouse, police station and Lottie's bar.

In the next several days, we will post various photos and interviews from our visit to the sets. Today we bring you several exclusive interviews with cast members from Chicago Fire. We talk with actors Eamonn Walker, Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney. Also, we have a short clip of our walkthrough of the actual firehouse where the show is filmed.

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Interview: Katie Walder

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What do you get when you combine amazing talent, a drive to succeed and a little bit of luck? Don’t know the answer? Well, you get actress Katie Walder. The Pennsylvania born actress has built an impressive resume of work in the industry and there are no signs of her slowing down.

She’s made memorable appearances on television shows such as How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. She’s also appeared in the films Shelter and The Neighbor.

This time around, Katie is really stretching her acting chops with the suspense/thriller Come Back to Me from writer/director Paul Leyden. In the film, Katie plays Sarah whom after a car accident, suffers blackouts & ends up pregnant though her husband Josh is sterile. As her life spirals she hides a camera in her home & unlocks a horrific secret with far-reaching consequences.

Katie sits down with us to discuss the challenges of this role, working with co-star Nathan Keyes and what separates Come Back to Me from other films in the same genre.

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Exclusive: Set Visit Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D. Part I

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On September 29, 2014, NBC invited members of the press for an exclusive set tour for their hit series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. The media was able to get exclusive photos and interviews with members of the casts from both series. The visit started at the Cinespace Film Studios on the Near West Side and continued with a bus tour of several locations were the shows shoot. The entire six hour experience included stops at the firehouse, police station and Lottie's bar.

In the next several days, we will post various photos and interviews from our visit to the sets. Today we bring you a behind the scenes chat with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. co-creator Michael Brandt. He will be discussing the big NBC two night crossover event with Chicago Fire”/“Chicago PD”/“Law & Order: SVU."

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Interview: Arlen Escarpeta

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Actor Arlen Escarpeta is living proof that hard work, dedication and a focused plan go a long way when it comes to navigating the highs and lows of Hollywood. The Belizean actor is carving out an impressive resume of work that sees no end in sight.

On the big screen, he’s had memorable performances in films such as We Are Marshall, Friday the 13th, Final Destination 5 and most recently, Into the Storm. On television, he’s appeared on series such as Extant, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, ER and The Client List. Arlen received critical praise for his portrayal as Sam Walker in the coming of age 1960s short lived series American Dreams.

We sit down with the actor to talk about his upcoming appearance on the hit NBC series Grimm, his portrayal of controversial singer Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston television movie and what his advice would be to up and coming actors.

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Interview: Erin Krakow

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The Countdown to Christmas celebration continues on the Hallmark Channel this coming Sunday, November 9 at 8/7c with the all new holiday movie A Cookie Cutter Christmas. The films follows Christie Reynolds (Erin Krakow), one of two longtime rivals and elementary school teachers that duke it out during the holidays in a Christmas cookie bake-off, but their real feud ignites over a shared interest in a handsome single dad. With both determined to win the prize and the romance, their competitiveness could jeopardize what matters most this Christmas season.

Erin Krakow is certainly no stranger to the Hallmark Universe. She stars in the hit series When Calls the Heart which was recently renewed for a second season. Erin sits down with the Pop Culture Principle to talk about her new holiday movie, the message she would like viewers to take away after watching the movie and what the Hearties mean to her and the rest of the cast of When Calls the Heart.

Pop Culture Principle – What attracted you to this particular project?

Erin Krakow – Well, working with Hallmark has just been a dream from the start. I was really excited to have the opportunity to work with them again on something a little different. It is a story with a lot of heart and I also appreciated the fact that there is quite a bit of comedy. We get to see a lot of different sides of my character; some flattering and some not so flattering. It was an exciting role to get to play.

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Interview: Sarah Carter

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One thing you can always look forward to during the holiday season is some fantastic programming from the Hallmark Channel. The network returns with its Countdown to Christmas celebration which will feature 12 brand new original movies. The first of those movies is One Starry Christmas starring Sarah Carter (TNT's Falling Skies).

Sarah plays Holly, an aspiring astronomy professor who finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy during her holiday travel. As she decides between this new cowboy and her practical boyfriend, she must decide whether it's better to play it safe in love, or let an adventurous cowboy steal her heart. The movie will makes its debut on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday, November 1, 8/7c.

Sarah was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about the movie, working with Hallmark and if she believes if there is a soul mate out there for everyone.

Pop Culture Principle - How did this particular project end up on your radar?

Sarah Carter - I'd never done a Christmas movie. The script was sweet, which was a welcome change from most of the work I've done in the past 5 years. I was a bit surprised I was offered the role to be honest, but when I was, I thought it might be a fun opportunity to test out my softer side.

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Interview: Kawehi

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The internet has become an important tool for musicians these days. It’s a way for unsigned artists to get their music out to the masses whether it is via videos or downloading their music.

Sites like Youtube and Vimeo can take a virtual unknown and make them a household name overnight. One artist who has definitely benefited from the power of the internet is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kawehi.

Kawehi posted a cover of the Nirvana song Heart-Shaped Box on Vimeo and literally overnight it went viral. She has successfully used Kickstarter to finance her album Robot Heart and just recently funded her upcoming album Evolution.

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Interview: Valerie Azlynn

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One of the best things about a neighborhood bar is the people that go there on a regular basis. That is the case with the TBS hit series Sullivan & Son which recently wrapped its third season. One of the bar patrons is Melanie Sutton played by the talented Valerie Azlynn. Melanie is a paramedic who is the little sister to all the guys in the bar and maybe much more with bar owner Steve Sullivan.

Valerie Azylnn has established herself as an actress to keep an eye on. At the age of 17, she moved from Connecticut to New York to study acting. There she built an impressive resume in the theater and singing with an opera company. This led her to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Valerie has starred in hit television series such as Castle, Rules of Engagement and The Big Bang Theory. On the big screen she has been in films such as Tropic Thunder, Surrogates and The Last Hurrah. She recently finished the film Dark Awakening with veteran actor Lance Henriksen.

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