The Blade Runner star was arrested last summer (Aug11) after taking part in a sit-in demonstration outside the White House in Washington, D.C. in a bid to encourage U.S. President Barack Obama not to bow to oil lobbyists over the new Keystone XL pipeline project.
She was not charged over the incident, but Hannah reveals her career has suffered as a result of her activism - as conservative movie bosses don't want to be associated with an eco warrior.
The actress had been due to start work on a film in Canada this summer (12), but she was dropped amid claims her run-in with authorities had affected her immigration status.
In a series of Twitter.com posts, she writes, "WOW! I've just had another of several offers pulled due to my stance against Big Dirty Oil - Censorship!
"4 (sic) an Acting gig -1st they said since Calgary is 'An Oil Town' now saying cause I've been arrested Canada wont (sic) let me in but I have No Record... It's so ridiculous! But NOT at all a deterrent to speaking truth - just shows we're making waves!!!"
Hannah's Washington, D.C. protest was successful in putting pressure on Obama's government - in November (11), the leader and members of his administration announced the Keystone XL project would be subjected to a fresh review to determine the affects of the pipeline the climate, water supply, farms and local residents' health, before he makes a decision on the proposal.
S8:E17 Last week's episode of The Office featured quite a few developments, which was a welcome change for this season's lack thereof. Almost equally surprising: More of the same tonight! Dwight and Co. are still down in Tallahassee, where Sabre's first-ever merchandise store is set to open with a lot at stake for both Dwight and the company. Back in Scranton, meanwhile, the usual shenanigans with Andy, Pam and the rest of the gang. Only -- the shenanigans are actually pretty funny. Let's have a look ...
"There’s plenty for everyone! No need to stampede!" –Dwight, to a small, perfectly orderly crowd gathered outside Sabre’s store
In recent weeks, we'd seen Todd Packer (returning guest star David Koechner) and Dwight competing over Nellie Bertram (returning guest star Catherine Tate) en route to the vacant position of VP of special operations. But last week, you'll remember, Packer's drink was spiked (thanks to Gabe), and he more or less fell out of the race. This episode, the position is Dwight's to lose, with his big test being the grand opening of the Apple-like Sabre store and the management of the entire team -- including a presentation by Ryan, on which everything is basically hinging. Problem is, Ryan gets cold feet just before he's about to give said presentation -- despite the pretty hilarious role-playing efforts from Jim and Dwight -- leaving Jim, who'd earlier been reprimanded for not using his company-provided Arrowhead (Sabre's triangle-shaped iPhone equivalent) to talk on the phone. After a heartfelt plea from Dwight ("If you don't do this, I don't stand a chance."), Jim steps up to the plate, donning the white suit and eyeliner that Ryan was set to sport and giving a home-run presentation that includes the big unveiling of Sabre's previously seen triangular tablet. After the successful presentation and rapturous, er, audible applause from the few tech bloggers on hand, Nellie shoots Dwight a look of disdain and summons him. Is she actually mad at him? Of course not. Rather, she tells him that he's the new vice president. Next week should be interesting ...
"Hey, I was on the can. What’s this about a black guy in the office?" -Meredith, mistakenly getting excited after overhearing "black eye"
Meanwhile, back in Scranton, business as usual -- only, as mentioned earlier, there's actually funny business going on, instead episode-filling business. Andy walks in trying not let people notice that he has a black eye. Once Kevin calls for his attention, the whole office gets a look at his bruised face, which is when he's forced to explain what happened: He and Pam were arriving for the day, when a gang started hassling Pam, so naturally Andy stepped in, threw a punches and took a few, too. But ... footage of the real incident plays during Andy's explanation, and we viewers see that a few schoolgirls were throwing pine cones at Pam when Andy tried to intervene and just flat-out got beaten up. Of course, the rest of the office doesn't learn of the embarrassing truth until the attacker and her mom enter and the young girl gives a forced apology. The whole thing calls for a Toby-led self-defense meeting, at which he and Kelly wind up fighting (instructionally) and Andy winds up with another black eye after trying to break it up. Two black eyes from two girls in one day for Andy. Silly, but pretty funny nonetheless. And hey, it sure beats another Daryl-Val-relationship episode!
This really might've been the best episode of the season. We've got developments -- not just Dwight landing the VP position (and the potential consequences thereof down the road) but also Erin's pledge to forget her "best friend" Andy and Ryan hopping a bus to go see his mom, which somehow didn't seem temporary -- and probably the best laughs all season: Meredith's aforementioned one-liner; a scene between Meredith and Creed during Toby's self-defense meeting; the role playing from Jim and Dwight to Ryan; and finally, Jim's hilarious appearance as Ryan's last-minute fill-in. It's the best performance, in the true sense of the word, given by John Krasinski since season 2's "Casino Night." Can the writers and actors continue their winning streak next week? Just another reason -- of suddenly several! -- for us to tune in.
This season, The Walking Dead has taken a bit of an emotional, existential turn. Some of us are loving this new introspective aspect, but others are growing a bit restless. To get the inside look at what's coming up on the AMC series and why all that inner turmoil is so important, we spoke with Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd. She promises a midseason finale that will keep us talking for months and assures us that Shane's recent questionable choices aren't as simple as they seem. And with only two episodes left before the winter hiatus, we'll gobble up every hint and insight we can get.
I'm a big fan of the season so far. I’ve really, really liked all of the existential crises, and things like that. One thing that I really thought was interesting about it is, it seems like—we do get glimpses of last season, but for the most part it seems fairly easy for a new fan to step in from the season premiere. Was that intentional? Do you think that the series is built that way?
We wanted to be able to have someone join this season. Also, we took into account the fact that it has been a year since last season. We only had six episodes. The conflicts and the drama, you can pick up on them…they’re not subtle, let’s put it that way. You can pick up on them fairly easily. You’ve got a love triangle, you understand that they’ve left the city of Atlanta behind, and they’re trying to find a safe haven.
When you were going into the preliminary steps of working on the second season, was there a specific goal you had of the feel that needed to happen in the sophomore season? What was the thought process when you were brainstorming all of that?
The most important thing, really, is that we only had six episodes last year, last season, to set up the world and the characters. We have an ensemble cast, and we wanted to make sure that this season, we were really able to focus on the terrific cast of characters so that we feel we get to know each one of them much better.
It definitely seems like we are getting to know them better. Especially Daryl, we got a greater look at. Shane as well—who, in the books, is offed very early, Lori calls him a bastard. It’s very quick and he’s done. But this season, he’s a little more complex.
Yes. It made a lot of sense, and Robert Kirkman agreed that keeping Shane around allowed us to really see how the three central characters—Rick, Lori and Shane—grapple with what happened when Shane assumed Rick was dead, and Lori was told by Shane that Rick was dead. Their revelations come, and how do they deal with that? Especially when it’s such a small group.
And with the recent developments with Otis, I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter online. Fans are kind of turning against Shane. He’s maybe being a little alienated. Do you think that he’s gone “full-bastard,” or does he still have a lot more to offer? Is his character still growing?
I think that Shane has…there are two characters to me that have adapted, or were already adapted to this new world order. Daryl, because he has the survival skills to make it. He’s essentially a pre-digital guy anyway; he can exist on his own in the woods. And Shane, who sees everything in shades of grey, and not black-and-white, in terms of his morality. He looks at everything in terms of, “Is this going to help me and the ones that I love survive? What will this decision lead to?” And he doesn’t think that there is room for someone to be, as he would put it, soft.
And that sort of internal, emotional, existential struggle is such a huge part of this season. I’ve personally been a fan of all the talking that everyone is doing, and all the inner turmoil. But that’s been a polarizing concept with a lot of fans. Some people are like, “Why are they talking so much?” What would you say to those naysayers?
I think unless you care for the characters, the tension and jeopardy won’t resonate quite the same. Even though we love killing zombies, and I think we find unique and unexpected ways to do that, it doesn’t mean the same if you are not seeing those circumstances through the eyes of the characters. Whether it’s Glenn in the well with the zombie, or Sophia being chased and Rick having to decide what to do to try to save her and himself.
This season, even though we just discussed that it’s a lot about that internal struggle, it really seems to have that element that it seems to have no boundaries. Is there a certain aspect working on this season that you are particularly proud of being involved in?
I think that what this new world will be and how each character comes to terms with their place in it is what I’m most proud of. Because everyone responds a little bit differently. Even though it seems like there are camps within the camp, each character has a different version of what is right and who should be in charge. And there’s a lot of nuance, I think.
Do you think that is a risk when you’re drawing people in with the zombie premise? Obviously people are sticking around…
I think two things. First of all, we are on AMC. Their tagline is, “Story matters here.” That’s first and foremost: making sure the stories and the characters are complex and interesting. And then, it is about a world full of zombies, so there is going to be violence. Some might say gratuitous violence, and some might cheer the fact that the violence is over the top. But we try to create a world and stay within that world. And that world is one that is populated, we think, by really interesting characters, and portrayed by terrific actors.
It’s fantastic so far! I’m excited to see what else is coming down. Something that I gravitated to when I first started watching the series—I’ve always been a fan of zombie movies and that genre—but the series pays particular attention to a very specific woman’s experience in this new world. Not as a victim or as someone who needs to be protected, but as a very robust character within this landscape. Do you think that that element is strong enough to support a viewership that maybe isn’t coming for the gore?
Some of our most vocal fans are women. Some of them are fans of the Dixons. Daryl and Merle fans. There is a family at the center of the show. Raising a child at any time is difficult. It is much more so in this new world. That’s another thing that I think is interesting this season. People continue to tune in to see what changes are in store for Carl, and how Rick and Lori deal with parenting. And obviously the complexity there is, Shane thinks he’d be a better surrogate father than Rick is.
That’s definitely been an interesting element this whole season. We’re getting so close to that halfway point where it’s going to cut off until February—
Which is so sad! I’m not ready!
Darn those football playoffs!
So how painful are these couple of months going to be? How much of a finale is this last episode going to be?
I think people will have quite a bit to talk about, from the beginning of December until January.
That’s a good positive spin.
Go big or go home!
And you guys are already renewed for Season 3—I think it was after the second episode—and I don’t think any of us doubted that there was going to be a third season. But did you guys think it was going to be that quickly that you would get that order?
Well, by the time we got it, we were already shooting episode 2.10 or 2.11. We’re already on our final episode of the season, 2.13, right now. It was important to know. It helps with respect to the crew and the cast, so they can plan their lives. That was really positive. We are very happy to be able to celebrate that. When you’re working with people from—essentially, we started shooting at the beginning of June, and we’ll be finishing right before Thanksgiving—it’s a family. It’s a surrogate family. And it’s nice to share the good news with that family.
As far as the creative planning stages, I believe I read yesterday that the planning stages for Season 3 are already underway as well.
Do you think that knowing that early on that you definitely do have a third season helps the creative process? Maybe the continuity of the story?
Absolutely. Before the writers’ room closed for the season, the writers were able to discuss it, were able to talk with the cast and our crewmembers about it. I think it’s really important not only for morale, but creatively. Before everyone goes back to real life, we’re able to focus on the fact that we will be back next year.
Beyond the influence on your own fans, it seems that the popularity of the show is influencing other networks even. There’s talk about the Zombieland show, and CW and NBC are looking at zombie shows. Now, you guys have your own post-show, The Talking Dead. How does it feel that something that you brought to television is now creating a trend in the genre?
Well, it’s certainly not necessarily what we set out to do…but they say it’s nice to have an homage [laughs]. And I think that there are a lot of fans out there, genre fans, who enjoy really good storytelling, who couldn’t be more delighted. And I’m one of them.
Me too! And would you ever do a zombie cameo on the show?
No. My daughter already did one, though. I feel like I’ve already gotten my family pride.
The Walking Dead's next episode, "Chupacabra," airs Sunday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
The Kids Are All Right star has thrown his support behind a campaign urging President Barack Obama to reject proposals submitted by oil bosses at Keystone XL to build the controversial pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada through the heart of the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico.
And green campaigner Ruffalo and his son Keen were among the demonstrators gathered outside the White House at the weekend expressing their concerns.
In a series of tweets, Ruffalo wrote, "Good Morning from DC. We are Rock'nDemocracy today 10000 people ring the WhiteHouse. Remind Obama to take care of us not KeystoneXL... Tell President Obama: Stop Keystone XL!"
He also posted a photo of his kid holding up a sign which read, 'Stop Transcanada Pipeline'.
In the caption, he added, "My dear sweet son Keen is here standing to defend his generation against Climate Change".
Ruffalo isn't the only celebrity making his voice heard - actress Daryl Hannah was arrested in August (11) after taking part in a sit-in protest outside the White House, while former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has issued a desperate plea to Obama in a short video posted online.
The Splash star has been campaigning against proposals to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to America's Gulf Coast, and she was arrested last month (Aug11) as she joined a sit-in protest outside the White House in Washington, D.C.
Hannah stepped up her fight for the cause on Monday (19Sep11) when she claimed the construction of the pipeline will be a disaster waiting to happen.
In an interview with CNN, she says, "It's not if it will have a spill, it's when it will have a spill..."
And the actress insists few people will actually benefit from the project.
She adds, "I highly doubt that it's actually gonna make oil prices cheaper and it will shackle us essentially to being a slave to fossil fuels for the next however long, I mean for very long because it's a $13 billion project. So it's incredibly bad news. We need to move towards clean, renewable, safe jobs and safe energy."
The Blade Runner star was released hours later after she paid a fine, but admits she's too passionate about stopping a planned oil pipeline that will stretch from Canada to America's Gulf Coast to halt her protest.
She tells Canada's CTV network, "There have been hundreds of people arrested over the last week and a half, and more to come in the next few days.
"I want to add my body and my voice to the thousands of others who are laying themselves on the line and saying, 'No, we do not want to be party to this incredibly destructive path.'
"We're becoming more dependent on fossil fuels and now we're becoming dependent on the most dirty of the fossil fuels."
Hannah, who was arrested for failing to move-on when asked to give up a sit-in protest, is calling for clean energy investments and she and other eco warriors are urging President Barack Obama not to bow to oil lobbyists who favour the pipeline project.
The Splash star joined dozens of environmental activists outside the White House for a sit-in protest about a proposed plan to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Montana to Texas.
Hannah was taken into custody after refusing to obey orders from U.S. Park Police officers, who asked her to move on.
The actress was released after she paid a $100 (£62.50) fine, U.S. Park Police spokesman Sergeant David Schlosser tells Reuters.
The Splash star joined dozens of environmental activists outside the White House for a sit-in protest about a proposed plan to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch from Montana to Texas.
Hannah was taken into custody after refusing to obey orders from U.S. Park Police officers, who asked her to move on.
Speaking to TMZ.com before she was whisked away, she said, "Sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom. And we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future."
It's not the first time the actress' environmental actions have landed her in trouble - in 2006, Hannah was arrested for camping out in a tree in an attempt to block the bulldozing of a community garden in Los Angeles, and again in 2009 for protesting mountain top mining in West Virginia.
While protesting the still-unbuilt Keystone XL oil pipeline (that will run between Canada to the Gulf) this afternoon outside the White House, Darryl Hannah and 100 other people were arrested and taken into police custody. Before her arrest, Hannah was quoted as saying "Sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom. And we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future." Organizing the protest was Tar Sands Action, whose website explains that it's their goal to "commit a simple, sit-in style action at The White House fences" in order to convince President Obama to reject the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline and "instead focus on developing safe, clean energy." Let's hope her efforts made a Splash with President Obama! (Oh please, I can see you enjoying it.)
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The vegetarian Splash star has been a keen green activist for years, running her home on solar power and driving a car that runs on biodiesel.
And she's encouraging Obama to make changes to his residence in Washington D.C. after former American leader Ronald Reagan tore down the property's solar panels in the 1980s.
Hannah tells Britain's You magazine, "I’m pleased about the organic vegetable patch on the White House lawn, but Obama needs to put back the solar panels on the roof; Jimmy Carter put them up, Reagan took them down, and now it’s time they were reinstated.
"Reagan banned offshore drilling and Obama is trying to open it up again, which is terrible, especially given the recent oil spill. Then there’s nuclear power, endangered species…"