Thieriot Connection

History Channel has set an all-star cast for its upcoming Texas Rising miniseries.

From the producers of its ratings juggernaut Hatfields & McCoys, Emmy nominee Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot will star in the new drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Oscar nominee Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields) will direct.

The eight-hour “event series,” from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and produced by Thinkfactory, hails from Hatfields’ Leslie Greif, who will executive produce the mini. Rising, which will premiere in 2015, will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, the oldest law enforcement group in North America. Part one is written by Greif, Darrell Fetty and Ted Mann, the latter of whom co-wrote Hatfields for History. Nights two, three and four will be written by Greif and Fetty.

Paxton, who earned an Emmy nomination for his role in Hatfields, will star as Sam Houston, the “father” of Texas. Fraser (The Mummy) will play Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian Ties. Liotta (GoodFellas) is set as Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge. Morgan, is was one of pilot season’s most in-demand actors, is “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advance case of consumption. Jane (Hung) will portray James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory. Martinez (Before Night Falls) will be President Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico. Murray (One Tree Hill) will play Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto. Rapaport (Justified) is Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward-turned-hero. Thieriot (Bates Motel) will play Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger. Additional castings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

“From Hatfields & McCoysto The Bible to Vikings, History has made a major commitment to high-quality scripted historical dramas,” History exec vp and GM Dirk Hoogstra said. “The Texas Revolution is one of the most gut-wrenching and inspirational events in our history. Doing the story justice will be a massive undertaking and we’re excited to begin production with one of the best teams in the business.”

Here’s History’s official description of Rising: “In 1836, if west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West then Texas was hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes — no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. From General Sam Houston, to rag tag Rangers to the legendary ‘Yellow Rose of Texas — this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for all eternity.”

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March 12, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot Joins “Texas Rising”

Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today the 20 participants from film, television, music and sports who will compete in the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. The 38th annual charity race will take place April 12 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

The field of racers will take to the streets in 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race-prepped cars navigating high speeds and demanding turns to benefit “Racing for Kids,” a national fundraising program supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States. The announced field of intensely competitive individuals includes:

  • Eric Braeden (@EBraeden): Emmy award-winning daytime superstar most recognized as Victor Newman on the popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”

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  • Adrien Brody: Academy award-winning actor for his role in “Pianist.” Most recently seen in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Academy Award-winning “Midnight in Paris.”
  • Corbin Bleu (@CorbinBleu): Actor, model, dancer, producer and singer-songwriter who performed in the “High School Musical” film series and was the first runner-up in the 2013 Fall season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
  • Brett Davern (@BDavv): Actor who stars as Jake Rosati in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” Other credits include the films “Movie 43” and “Born to Race: Fast Track.”
  • Colin Egglesfield (@CEgglesfield): Actor best known for his roles on “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Client List,” and “Melrose Place,” plus films such as “Open Road,” and “Something Borrowed.”
  • Carmelita Jeter (@CarmelitaJeter): American sprinter and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, often dubbed “the fastest woman in the world.”
  • Cole Hauser (@ColeHauser): Television and film actor who stars with Johnny Depp in the soon to be released “Transcendence.” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “A Good Day to Die Hard,” are among his other action film credits.
  • Tricia Helfer (@TrutriciaHelfer): Actress recently seen in the television show “Killer Women,” she also starred in “Battlestar Galactica” and “Burn Notice.”
  • Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan): Emmy award-winning New Zealand-born television personality best known for his role as host of the popular series “Amazing Race.”
  • Vanessa Marcil (@VanessaMarcilM): Actress best known for her roles in “General Hospital,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Las Vegas.”
  • Brian McKnight (@ItsBMcKnight): Multiple Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, producer and R&B musician.
  • Lisa Stanley (@LisaKearth): Entertainment reporter on K-EARTH 101 FM morning show with Gary Bryan. Also featured on TV’s “Hard Copy” and radio’s “Rick Dees Show.”
  • Max Thieriot (@MaxThieriot): Actor who currently stars as Dylan Massett on “Bates Motel.” Other credits include the film “House at the End of the Street” and “Catch That Kid.”
  • Nick Wechsler (@Nick_Wechsler): Actor seen currently on ABC’s “Revenge” as Jack Porter. He also starred in “Roswell” and had recurring roles on “Without a Trace” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
  • Sam Witwer (@SamWitwer): Portrays vampire Aidan Waite on the North American remake of “Being Human.” He was also seen on “Battlestar Galactica” and “Smallville.”

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March 07, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot Joins the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race

Our gallery has been updated with HD Screen Captures of “Gone But Not Forgotten” (Bates Motel S02E01). Enjoy!

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I have added images of Max from last night’s Bates Motel Season 2 party to our gallery. Thanks to Gabby and Claudia for the images.

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Appearances > 2014 > February 26: A&E’s Season 2 Of “Bates Motel” & Series Premiere Of “Those Who Kill”

February 28, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot at the Bates Motel Season 2 Party

When it premiered in 2013, “Bates Motel” pulled off something of a coup. In all of the years since Hitchcock’s “Psycho” stunned audiences in 1960, audiences have seen a string of sequels, plenty of derivative works and a wholly unnecessary, almost identical, if star-studded, remake of the film that first brought Norman Blatch’s novel to life. None of those efforts struck a chord with audiences the way A&E’s modern day prequel has, perhaps, because none of them built a world around Norman as the gripping series did in season one, and by all accounts, will continue to do in season two.

After completing a jam-packed panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, the series’ cast and creators took to a similarly crowded press room for a series of roundtable interviews. Max Thieriot and Olivia Cooke represent two entirely new characters introduced by “Bates Motel”.

Thieriot is Norma’s elder son, Dylan Massett, whose personality is quite as fiery as hers, and who finds his way to his mother and brother in White Pine Bay, even in spite of Norma’s efforts to leave him behind. Still, Thieriot doesn’t think Dylan begrudges Norman their odd familial situation.

“I have a brother who’s much younger than me. Even though there’s times where maybe we don’t get along, I think there’s kind of a bond between brothers that’s kinda hard to break, you know, deep down,” he said. “So, I think even though he [Dylan] is a little envious, a little jealous and kinda wishes that Norma would care about him as much as she does Norman, I think he still loves him because he’s his brother.”

Meanwhile, Cooke is Norman’s smart and sassy gal-pal who holds a flame him, but soon finds that her romantic feelings are far too one-sided.

“It’s annoying when you watch a character and they just keep going back to the same person after they’ve been rejected so many times. I think she [Emma[ going to keep her distance from now on,” Cooke said of her character’s attraction to Norman. “She’s too smart to let that happen, I think she wants to experience things very quickly and she’s clearly not going to get that love from Norman. Maybe it’ll just be a happy dream that never happens.”

And speaking of love prospects, Thieriot, doesn’t think it would behoove Dylan to continue down a romantic path with Bradley, the apple of Norman’s eye.

“I suspect if I get it on with Bradley, he’s going to off me, but, at the same time, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. So, I don’t know, we’ll see. If [Dylan] explores that too much, especially openly, it’s not going to end well for him, because it’s pretty apparent that Norman’s in love with her. He seems to jump into a lot of situations without thinking about the repercussions, but maybe he’ll be able to dodge a bullet,” Thieriot said.

Thieriot did add that Dylan may hold back where Bradley is concerned out of brotherly love. “I think he’s begun to form this relationship with Norman that he never had, you know, and I think even though Dylan can kind of be crude and a lot of things, he still has a sensitive and caring side to him, underneath it all.”

Both Cooke and Thieriot shared the sense that the romantic entanglements, and other concerns that those of us who are not budding serial killers and residents of White Pine Bay can empathize with give the show an infusion of reality.

“I think it’s honestly fun to watch. I find it hard for me to watch anything that I’ve been part of, but I enjoy watching this every week,” Thieriot said. “It’s fun. The characters are unique. It’s hard sometimes to like and to sympathize with characters that are killing people, but you do. I think there’s a lot of different characters that you can connect with and that are relatable in a certain way.”

Cooke agreed. “Aside from the killing, they’re all going through such real things, Norma’s trying to start up a business, Norman’s having heartbreak at school and trying to decide between how to go about these feelings that he has. It’s really quite real,” she said.

At the time of the discussion, Thieriot and Cooke knew the details of the first two episodes of season two, but had to stay relatively mum, even about those early episodes. Thieriot did comment on the possibility of his character killing again, after all. saying it runs in the family wouldn’t be too far of the mark here.

“He doesn’t show a lot of remorse, and he’s killed two people. I guess one of them was in self-defense, but the other one was definitely not,” he said.

I think he could (kill more people), because I don’t think it really affects him. I think you kind of expect when someone takes another human being’s life it will have an impact on them and really affect them mentally. And I think that he’s obviously a little bit twisted and it doesn’t really affect him. Maybe he could…as long as he can kind of justify it as being legitimate in his mind. ‘Cause it wasn’t like a senseless murder, it was ‘I killed this guy cause he killed my partner’ and ‘I killed this guy because he was attacking my family,’ and that’s it,” Thieriot added.

But for as well as they know their characters–Cooke happily declared on the spot that Emma loves Matt Smith when hypothetical Comic Con activities came up–the show surprises the cast quite as much as it does the audience.

“The most surprising thing to me, I think, is the black humor, the dark comedy aspects of it. That’s what really brings the show to light, there is so much death…so when they’ve got the hint of…the light aspects and the comedy, that really comes through,” Cooke explained. “For example, when Emma gets stoned, you don’t see that coming, and that’s kind of what brings it up.”

“[When] you’ve been working 15 hours straight and it’s pouring rain and it’s freezing, you get to enjoy those moments,” Thieriot agreed.

“The show is constantly changing,” he said. “It’s really exciting ‘cause it has all of these different elements that play into it and make it really unique.”

Cooke agreed adding that even as the cast received the scripts to read they got to enjoy all of those changes that keep the audience on their toes. “We could never predict the show.”

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February 25, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Olivia Cooke and Max Thieriot Talk Bates Motel

I have added HD screencaptures of the sneak peek A&E released for season 2 of Bates Motel to the gallery.

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February 20, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Bates Motel Season 2 Sneak Peek – HD Captures