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Ru joins the cast of Showtime’s Ray Donovan

According to Deadline,  Ms. Balk will be on board in a recurring role for the third season of Showtime’s hard-boiled crime drama Ray Donovan (which explains a recent, at the time seemingly offhand tweet canvassing for opinions on the show). Balk is reportedly playing a prostitute and mother of a young girl (to be played by Shree Crooks) who becomes friends with Jon Voigt’s character Mickey.

On Twitter today, Balk comments “So yes the big secret is out:) I’m going to be on Ray Donovan & I’m really looking forward to it. Great cast on this show”  and “I don’t know when the episodes will air but I start shooting soon. I’ve been in prep mode for a while but wasn’t sure when to announce it :)

Hopefully Ginger will fare better than some of the other characters who have gotten chummy with Mickey in the first two seasons.

Balk attached to narrate kickstarter documentary about teen films

According to Screen Daily Fairuza will be narrating a film called Beyond Clueless that promises to take “audiences on an exhilarating ride into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern teen classics” and will focus on films such as “13 Going On 30, EuroTrip, The Craft, Jeepers Creepers, The Faculty and The Girl Next Door.” Director Charlie Lyne correctly observes of Balk “she’s got one of the best voices in teen movie history.” Summer Camp will provide the score


Forums offline temporarily [Update: Now open again!]

My hosting company has detected the large amounts of spam being posted on the forum and have gone in and moved the forum files away, effectively taking it offline. I’m not immediately sure what the best way is to remedy this, but I’ll consider all the options and hopefully have it back up and running soon.

However, as everyone probably already knows, I’m not very active around here anymore due to lack of time, so unfortunately I have no way of telling you how long it’s going to take.

I also want to ask you whether you would be OK with me installing a new forum, or if you prefer I try to salvage what’s left of the old one? A new database would mean new user registrations, but also a whole lot of better, more stable features (and no spam), whereas merely upgrading the old one would likely preserve all the spam posted so far and might not stay effective in combating future attacks.

Update: I figured the forum was pretty much broken beyond repair in the state it was in (again, I’m sorry about this), so I felt it necessary to take some drastic measures. Every user with an ID over 1000 has been deleted, along with all their posts. I realize there’s a chance there were some legitimate users among them, and I’m very sorry about removing you, but there was little else to do. Thankfully, this restored the forums to a very usable state, with 99% of the spam deleted along with the bot accounts that posted them.

I have also migrated the forums over to PHPBB, meaning it’s now faster, better and much more secure than it was before. There’s now not only an activation requirement on new members, but also captcha verification and restrictions on new members. Some of this may be a bit draconian at first, but as we go along, I’ll be loosening it up to make the forums more comfortable for everyone.

All the old users should be migrated over to the new forums, but if you’re having troubles logging in, first try to reset your passwords by following the instructions on the login page. If that doesn’t work, feel free to contact me to let me know, and I’ll look into it. The conversion from the old forums to the new ones isn’t perfect, but so far I haven’t noticed any immediate issues myself.

So, without further ado, I once again welcome you to the Quiet Storm forums!

Dread Central interview

Ru sat down for a wide ranging interview with the folks at Dread Central posted today. Topics include Dose of Reality (coming to VOD tomorrow, according to the official site, but the promised blu-ray remains a mystery), The Craft and Return to Oz. Read it here.


Also, Blogtalkradio has devoted a recent podcast to discussing Fairuza’s career.

Dose of Reality on DVD/Blu-Ray on the 26th

According to Broadway World  and the movie’s official site (though the link for pre-orders there isn’t presently working), Chris Glatis’ new film starring Fairuza  will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray (though Amazon only has the DVD up for pre-order at the moment). Not much information regarding extras is offered, leading one to expect a rather bare bones affair.915Nx7-Fx5L._SL1500_

Update: The pre-order page linked on the official site is back up but the “buy now” button on that page goes to the DVD page at Amazon. It contains no mention of extras or blu-ray release.

Fairuza to appear in Bio Channel’s “Haunting Of…” series

Now a veteran of two “Celebrity Ghost Stories” episodes, Fairuza now gets a sort-of threepeat by helping to launch The Biography Channel’s apparent new variation on the concept called “The Haunting Of…” A press release at The Futon Critic says “BIO presents “The Haunting Of,” a new original series with world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo, as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. The supernatural journey premieres Saturday, October 27th at 10PM ET/10PM PT.”

Last month, Balk tweeted about the shoot saying “Bio channel came & shot at my art space as the building is haunted. It was pretty weird. They brought a medium & everything.”


Fairuza tweets: “I have a piece in a group show called “mix tape” on August 4th in LA.”

Image below from Blood Is The New Black, click for more specifics.

Dose of Reality Poster

Destiny Pictures declares this picture wrapped and preparing for release this year.

Official site

Ru’s Vestacha International Candles

Not too long ago, Ms. Balk launched her line of handmade candles which come in a box wax sealed with “the ring that I wear around my neck every day which my father made for me.”  The candles come in three sizes and a selection of six scents and are available from the store at Fairuza.com.

Neil Gaiman recently posted of dining with Fairuza, opining that it is “Very fitting that this fire spirit will bring the wick to your flame.”

Photo of Ru with photographer Allan Amato from Gaiman’s post.

Splash page from Mr. Amato’s own site:

Fairuza Helps Kick Off Season 3 of Celebrity Ghost Stories

On October 29th Fairuza Balk will appear on the Season 3 premiere of The Biography Channel series Celebrity Ghost Stories in which, according to Zap2it, she will tell a tale of being supernaturally menaced in a hotel. See a short promo video featuring Balk at their site here.

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