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If you did and want to see the rest of the three-part series be sure to let Hallmark know! And if you couldn’t see it yesterday or just want to see it again here’s the movie schedule for today and next week:
TODAY, April 17 – 8/7c
Friday, April 22 – 9/8c
Sunday, April 24 – 5/4c
Here’s another small interview Danielle did for Reno-Gazette Journal, and a short behind-the-scenes video. Thanks so much to our visitor/contributor Christian for letting us know:
For a few odd moments in “The Shunning,” Katie Lapp experiences being … well, ordinary.
“She’s not used to blending in,” said Danielle Panabaker, who plays her. “She suddenly has that sense of anonymity. She doesn’t have to worry about whether people are looking at her.”
And yes, Panabaker understands why that would be a pleasure.
For Katie, the attention starts with her clothes. She’s spent her life in Amish garb; her one experiment of changing clothes feels like a revelation.
For Panabaker, it starts with her career.
An actress for nine of her 23 years, she’s used to being noticed.
“It started when I worked a lot for Disney,” she said. “Kids respond to actors in different ways.”
Still, there are times and places when she can go unnoticed. And there are roles she can sink into.
On a surface level, the notion of being Amish seems staggering.
“It’s amazing to exist without a cell phone. … I don’t tweet, but if I didn’t have a Blackberry, I wouldn’t know what to do,” Panabaker said.
Still, she said, those devices have a hidden impact.
“The quality of a relationship changes; relationships become polluted,” she said.
By comparison, the Amish have direct lives. Many have a custom of living as non-Amish, during a bridge between childhood and the adult years.
“My assumption was that kids would just love it, but 85 to 90 percent of them come right back,” Panabaker said.
Here’s a small review of Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning and Danielle’s performance in it. The movie premieres TOMORROW, April 16th at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel! Coming from Variety:
The mysterious and intriguing Amish community has been great fodder for movies, offering a haven for dramatic license and stories of longing and denial. Their simple, close-to-the-earth customs and beliefs often seem in direct contrast to our flashy 4G ways; how could they not want to leave the plain pine-board walls for free wifi and fast-food burritos? “The Shunning,” directed by Michael Landon Jr. and based on the Beverly Lewis bestselling novel, offers the compelling story of a young girl torn between the modern world and the Old Order.
Set in the Amish country of Lancaster County, Pa. (with a convincing North Carolina filming locale), the pic eloquently looks at the constant culture clashes of a world within a world. Life in the sheltered community of Hickory Hollow is based in ritual and on strict rules of conduct. Plain is valued over fancy and even a simple item like a zipper or top-40 song is considered the height of vanity and a road to ruin.
Katie Lapp (Danielle Panabaker) finds comfort in her family and beliefs, but often turns to memories of her first love, Daniel (David Topp), who, despite laws to the contrary, secretly taught her to play guitar. Three years after Daniel’s sudden death, Katie has resigned herself to marry the widowed Bishop of the community, but can’t get Daniel or “English” (non-Amish) music out of her heart.
Before the wedding, Laura (Sherry Stringfield), a stranger, arrives in a stretch limo searching for an Amish woman by first name only. She leaves a message with the town midwife that sets off a soul-searching chain of events.
Through Lewis’ story, writer Chris Easterly has set up an ersatz “Sleepless in Seattle” scenario in which two main characters spend most of the movie apart — yet the mere knowledge of one another has profound consequences.
Easterly’s adaptation edits out some meandering subplots without losing continuity.
Director Michael Landon Jr. deftly avoids depicting Hickory Hollow in stereotypes. Despite its arcane rules, especially for women, the town is not presented as an unpleasant place to live — which makes Katie’s decisions all the more difficult. Young people growing up Amish, allowed to sing only from the hymnals, eventually discover the realities of modern life and the incongruity of their own, making their adolescent journey more difficult than most.
Panabaker does a great job conveying a love of family yet an unyielding desire to get at the truth. Her rebellion isn’t disrespectful of the Amish life, but rather an unshakable determination to follow her heart. Although her Pennsylvania Dutch accent waffles a bit, overall it’s a convincing performance for the former Disney star. (It’s probably no coincidence that with her plain clothes and lace cap, she resembles a young Kelly McGillis.)
Stringfield’s appears only briefly, and one gets the feeling her character’s story (and that of a few others) could be expanded in other installments should Hallmark adapt the two other novels in Lewis’ trilogy.
A new international poster for John Carpenter’s The Ward has been released. Now as a fan of the Scream franchise myself this poster is exciting for all the wrong reasons, but it shouldn’t be to anyone else! Another bland effort on the part of the designers in charge of the film’s poster. But hey, at least Danielle Panabaker is featured this time!
Here’s a small interview with Danielle Panabaker. I’m sure the first quote will break a few hearts!
“I drive a Prius. I’m way more green than my boyfriend is,” says Danielle Panabaker. “I try to do the organic thing at Whole Foods. I do my part, bring my own bags,” adds the actress (“Shark”), who stars in the Hallmark Channel movie “The Shunning,” based on the Beverly Lewis best seller and premiering April 16. Panabaker plays Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman struggling with the strict demands of her community’s customs and faith on the eve of her arranged marriage to an older man when she discovers she was adopted and her birth mother wants to locate her.Panabaker trained with a coach to learn the Amish way of speaking, but the milieu wasn’t entirely foreign to her. “I was a little familiar with the culture. I used to live in Pennsylvania and I would see the horse-drawn buggies. The Amish have a really traditional mentality and it’s interesting to see how they’ve evolved or not evolved,” she observes, adding that she’d be “a bad Amish. I’d miss my BlackBerry!”
Remember The Shunning premieres this saturday, April 16th at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.
Here’s a very nice interview with Danielle Panabaker, coming from Premier Guide Media:
“I really related to the journey of this young woman sort of struggling to find herself and find her own voice,” Danielle says, during an afternoon’s interview. “I think that’s something that a lot of young women — young people — can relate to, you know, being in your late teens or early twenties and trying to figure out who you want to be in this world. When I read the script I was drawn into it immediately.”
Danielle went on to get in touch with “The Shunning” director Michael Landon, Jr., “and obviously had a lot to share, a lot to discuss.” She laughs. “I think I overwhelmed him a little bit on our first phone conversation.”
“I had the script maybe a couple of weeks, a month before we started shooting. One of the bigger challenges for me was the dialect,” she admits. “Pretty much as soon as I had a conversation with Michael about it, he got me in touch with Paul — Paul Meier, who is a fantastic dialect coach.
“It was the first time I really attempted to do a dialect that heavy. I started working with Paul and we would Skype for hours, and he would record the Skype sessions so that I would continue practicing on my own time. That’s also what I used to get myself through shooting,” adds Danielle. “I constantly had headphones and was listening on my iPad for the tracks over and over again, trying to stay on top of it.”
Beyond the dialect were other hurdles. “Playing the guitar and singing the song was a big challenge for me because I don’t have a particularly strong singing voice and it was really approaching one of my bigger fears head-on to do that on camera,” notes Danielle, referring to a sequence in which Katie defies Amish strictures against singing non-church music.
“On top of that, it was really an emotional performance. I really wanted to make sure we hit all the moments this young woman was struggling with, as authentically and honestly as possible. And it was certainly difficult on such a limited time budget. We shot the whole thing in, like, three weeks, which is pretty incredible.”
“Academics have always been really important to my parents. So in spite of the fact we were working starting around the age of 14 or 16, it was really important to them that we get our education. We were able to balance it and, make the compromises necessary for me to be able to get my degree, which I’m still proud of,” she says.
Today, Danielle finds that her background as an English major comes into play in her professional life. “The fact that ‘The Shunning’ is based on a book is something I love. I read the book within a week of reading the script because I wanted to understand more about Katie and the world she was in.”
“Well, you know I’m not from L.A. originally,” she observes. “I’ve been very fortunate to make my way and find a career here, but I used to live in a small town not too far from Katie’s world in Lancaster, Pennsylvania…The sort of smaller town mentality is something I relate to. Being in a big city, particularly one so consumed with celebrity, is an adjustment for me.”
As for how she shields herself from the glare of the celebrity spotlight, “I have a really wonderful group of friends out here and its wonderful having my sister out here. We’re incredibly close. It’s really just surrounding myself with great people” – and focusing on the work she loves.
The first high resolution stills have finally been released! I’ve updated the gallery with four new images of Danielle Panabaker and some of her co-stars in John Carpenter’s The Ward, which is now playing in italian cinemas. Click on the preview above to see the whole batch.
The Ward stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mika Boorem and Jared Harris. It’s currently set to premiere on VOD in June and US theaters in July. But it will also get a Blu-Ray and R2 DVD release on May 16th! More information on the film and Danielle’s character Sarah can be found here.
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of various clips, featurettes and promos for both John Carpenter’s The Ward and Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning. Enjoy!
John Carpenter’s The Ward opens in italian theaters this friday, April 1st! Not only that but the film will also have its US premiere during the Dallas International Film Festival on the same day. To celebrate this you can watch a Cast Interview with Danielle Panabaker and most of her co-stars.
Two clips have also been released, they both feature Danielle Panabaker as beautiful but snobbish Sarah. Unfortunately they are dubbed into italian, but I’m sure you can get the idea of what’s going on. Enjoy the two clips and the interview at our YouTube Channel!