Celebrity interviews, red-carpet coverage and more from entertainment journalist Darrah de jour.

Darrah Goes Hardcore

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Hey guys, I had so much fun filming a few scenes for bestselling zen author Brad Warner’s part-real, part-fiction documentary HARDCORE ZEN. Below is a sneak peek of my role as Debra. If you’re one of the lucky 100 who get the DVD with extras, you’ll get to see me in a super raunchy and funny sex scene.

[Zen and Fame: A sneak peek of Darrah’s role as a zen groupie in Brad Warner Documentary – VIDEO]

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Freaks & Geeks: Darrah Interviewed on Dark Mark Radio Show!


As part of a very informal press “tour” for the spoof zombie movie, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER, M.D., I appeared on Goth Comedian Dark Mark’s radio show/podcast at Skidrow Studios about a week ago. Smart and funny Dark Mark and his devilish co-host Josi Kat (Singer for punk band PISS ANT, founder of THE FEARLEADERS, the cheerleading squad to the LA Derby Dolls Roller Derby Team) interviewed me and my blonde, bespectacled co-star Hannah Elizabeth Pierce with director Pirooz Kalayeh. We dished about naughty behind-the-scenes tidbits, dating older men, and later, sideshow performer Whodini sixteenninetytwo showed off his dangerous side.

Watch the full video of our interview below! Listen to the podcast, here.


A little about Goth Comedian Dark Mark: He has hosted at The CONVERGENCE 18 GOTH FESTIVAL, The SAN LUIS OBISBO GOTH FESTIVAL, The DEAD FLESH FEAST HORROR FESTIVAL, The SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (also featuring Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Bad Religion and De La Soul) as well as Kinky shows at S & M Dungeons and has been featured on Andy Dick Live! Mark has been a 9-time LA Times Comedy pick of the week as well as being a Las Vegas Citylife pick of the week. Mark White has performed with the biggest names in comedy including performers such as Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho, Dane Cook, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Damon Wayans, Otto and George, Eddie Griffin, Jeff Ross, Maria Bambford, and George Lopez among others.

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Zombie Bounty Hunter, M.D.

Hey friends!

I had the pleasure of working with director Pirooz Kalayeh (SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL) and bestselling Zen author Brad Warner on a fun zombie spoof movie! If you happen to remember, I had a two-day shoot with this team in 2012 as part of HARDCORE ZEN, a mockumentary about Warner’s life as a Zen monk. I played Debra, a Zen groupie.

For ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER, M.D., I play Lara Steele of Steele News, a blogger on a mission, during the zombie apocalypse! Watch the Indiegogo campaign trailer below, and please support us so we can play at festivals and spread our debauchery nationwide!

The Indiegogo fundraiser has some pretty cool perks, such as artwork by Jeffrey Brown (DARTH VADER & SON) digital downloads of the soundtrack featuring SPINDRIFT, autographed books by Brad Warner, and DVDs, Blu Rays, and flash drives with all kinds of extras.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Thanks & Kiss! xoxo

Lara Steele – Blogger from Pirooz Kalayeh on Vimeo.

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New Artist Alert: Kendra Morris

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Ray Donovan fans will recognize the song below from the end credits of last week’s episode. Singer Kendra Morris has a lot of notable covers in her catalog like Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Radiohead’s Karma Police from her sophomore release, 2013’s “Mockingbird”. In a Back to the Future moment, it’s her debut song and album “Banshee” that really lands her on the map.

At her album release party last year, leopard-print clad Morris shows us some raw, yummy textured energy that reminds me of Amy Winehouse-lite. The whispers that the day is ending and the dark is near are familiar in Winehouse and Johnny Cash‘s music; without the total blackness and desperation that they elicited and nobody can probably reproduce ever. Honestly, sometimes Amy’s albums were too sad for me to listen to. But, Morris’s debut, in its totality was perfect for a long drive. No need to med up after.

Listen for yourself and tell me what you think…


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We’re Lovin’ Naked Miley!

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Miley Cyrus wrecks us with new naked video, “Wrecking Ball” off her forthcoming album Bangerz. She’s transforming into quite the firecracker, owning her sexuality, having some carnal fun, and getting it all out there for the GP! She reminds me of the type of women I used to date. Short hair, stylish and riding me to let her in.

Cyrus borrows from Sinead O’Connor and the epic “Nothing Compares 2 U” vid and then some! (An aside: O’Connor should be pardoned by the general public by now and have her career returned to her STAT – but who’s keeping score?) We let out a few “Oh, my god’s!” while 20-year-old Cyrus belted the stark swan song careening into licking a demolition tool. As Annie Sprinkle posted on Facebook, “I’m really loving Miley Cirus! She’s great. Heavily influenced by porn I’d say.”

What do you think of the ex-Disney star’s new look and feel? Leave comments below.


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Vanity Fair Reveals Ava Gardner’s Seduction-to-Split Secrets

“You can sum up my life in a sentence, honey: She made movies, she made out, and she made a fucking mess of her life. But she never made jam.” ~Ava Gardner

Gardner longed to have her memoirs published, especially when, by 1988, she was broke and in poor health. But the man she chose to ghostwrite her story failed her. Now, Vanity Fair publishes thrilling insights – straight from the Goddess’s mouth – about her three main men: Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra and Artie Shaw. With luscious lips and a razor-sharp tongue, Gardner is no Julie Andrews. And, we’re thankful for that. Read about her trials, tribulations, successes, and drunken sex at: VANITY FAIR

If you’re feelin’ impatient, skip to the photos, HERE.

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George Carlin to Louis CK: ‘It’s Important Not To Give A Shit’

“I didn’t know this dissonance was inside me.” George Carlin

Louis CK

There’s no standup comedian hotter than Louis CK right now. His FX television show, Louie, earned him two Emmy Award nominations in 2011, and his recent comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, made history when CK distributed the show via the web (not HBO) and netted $1,000,000 in sales in mere days.

Louis CK is comedy gold and fans adore him! But times weren’t always so easy. Back in 2010, CK spoke at a tribute to George Carlin (hosted by Whoopi Goldberg at the New York Public Library) and revisited his early days in the profession. For years — actually 15 grueling years — CK performed the same old act and spun his wheels. Then he looked to Carlin and turned his career around. Perseverance counts. But so does perspective. Turns out, Carlin had just the right medicine to cure CK’s mediocrity. Take a gander at the videos below, including CK’s tribute and Carlin, talking about his own career turnaround. Here’s a sneak peek into the veteran late-comedian’s philosophy: “it’s important not to give a shit,” Carlin claimed.

[Carlin Tribute]

You can find the full Carlin tribute here. And below, Carlin describes the turning point in his own life — the moment when he learned “not to give a shit” and his comic genius came into full bloom.

[Burning Up The Math Building]

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Darrah’s Voice-Over Demo!

SpongeBob Square Pants

Darrah’s VO Demo from Darrah de jour on Vimeo.

After spending a couple years babysitting for the Kenny’s (Tom and Jill voice SpongeBob SquarePants), I was inspired to take a class in voiceovers. Here is my demo.

If you know anybody who needs a VO actress, please pass it along!! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section where it says “Leave A Comment”. I’m going to start another class soon, so, hopefully, I will keep improving. Can’t wait to begin exploring animation.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Proves to be a Heavy Affair

Emilia Clarke

Gloria Vanderbilt, Summer 1941

Today, I read a couple reviews of Broadway’s adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s which my man sent to me. We were lucky enough to attend four plays while in NYC, including that one, and we were so close to the stage I should have brought a spit bucket! Especially for Tom Hanks’ spittle (Lucky Guy), but hell, I didn’t mind! ;) My honey is such an enthusiastic theatre and music buff and is exposing me to so much art! I really admire that in him. One of our new activities, when bounding out of bed, is seeing who can understand the bulk of NYTs eclectic vocabulary words! Anyway, back to Tiffany’s… My favorite was Hollywood Reporter’s take on the theatrical revamp, which states almost verbatim, my sentiment: “The most crucial missing component from Clarke’s performance is vulnerability.” Although, the reviewer for the New York Times keenly likened lead Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) to Vanderbilt in her teens (above). She really is her doppelgänger! What do you think?

Emilia Clarke

Wishing you a most fabulous week! xox

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Flashback Thursday ~ The Vagina Monologues (Video)

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Here’s li’l me performing “Because He Liked To Look At It” as part of The Vagina Monologues in ’08 at the Directors Guild of America. Please “like” and subscribe for more of my youtube vids!

Hi guys! Here’s a flashback vid in celebration of the recently passed International Women’s Day. Hopefully, these candid conversation about gender and sex will educate the likes of Poland, Egypt, Muslim countries and the Vatican who are in talks with the UN, using “religion, custom and tradition” as a defense to leave women unprotected against violence. (Talk about an unholy alliance! The Vatican is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood – let’s take that in for a second.) Think their reasoning is a load of bull? Support TVM playwright Eve Ensler’s charity V-Day, which educates, raises funds and helps women in the global movement for peace.

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