Last night, Ralph Macchio, Ben Hyland, and Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff attended a screening of ‘Across Grace Alley’ at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California. If you’d like to see some gorgeous takes of Karina again (Jim? ), see Getty Images!
Broadway World has a new interview posted with dance pro Karina Smirnoff and former Dancing With The Stars partner Ralph Macchio. They talk with them about their partnership on Dancing With The Stars and their new film together, “Across Grace Alley, which will soon be premiering on the East coast at the HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL from October 10th – 14th! Here is fan take of how they started working on the film together. Lots more at the link. Check out this new website for the film too. It’s fun!
So at what point did you start talking about working together on the film. Was it during that season, or afterwards?
RM: It was afterwards. We felt, and I think this is probably the case for a lot of people on that show, there is certainly a void when it’s over. I think you either wind up being friends forever or never wanting to talk to the person ever again. In our case, I felt the creativity that we had, the ability that we had to tell stories through dance and also through the weekly packages on the show – I miss that and I felt that Karina and I had more stories to tell.
And I think we both felt that and we both miss that creative process. And the getting to know her behind the camera and personally as the friendship grew over the course of the season, I became more and more fascinated with how intriguing a person she was and how much I felt this sort of real, human, understated, grounded side to her that was not sort of focused on the celebrity of Dancing with the Stars- and the glitz and glamour part of it. I saw the human side, the girl beneath the woman, was something I thought would be a fascinating character and so a lot of her character in our film came about in just conversations and our relationship and some discussions we had over that time from a human level.
So that’s where the concept of placing Karina in that sort of place and unveiling that side of her began and our creative collaboration in my world of filmmaking, as opposed to her world of ‘5, 6, 7, 8 go!’
And Karina, this is your film debut. Can you tell us a little bit about your role and is this a career you’d like to pursue further?
Absolutely. It was an incredible experience. You know on Dancing with the Stars we get to create and we get to become a different character for the dance, but it was never as in-depth as it was during the shooting of the movie. And to work with Ralph and to have him explain to me the direction of how he wanted me to act in a certain scene. It wasn’t like 5, 6, 7, 8, go as he says. He told me stories that connected to an emotional experience in my life. And he knows exactly what he wants you to do, which was a very good experience in many ways. I loved every minute of it. I’m looking at other roles right now- I’m excited about this new acting in my life because I have always wanted to act, but when you’re growing up it’s usually a dream and a lot of people don’t think it can be reality, but Ralph has given me a possibility that can be the next chapter of my life and I am ever so grateful for that.
Last night Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio graced the Red Carpet at the LA International Short Film Festival. They were there to support their new short film “Across Grace Alley!! You can see loads of new fun pictures of them at Getty Images. Karina looks fantastic in black!! A stunner as always.
DWTS Karina Smirnoff And Ralph Macchio’s “Across Grace Alley” To Be Shown At LA Shorts Fest Opening Night Program
Things are starting to heat up for Ralph Macchio’s new movie called “Across Grace Alley” starring Dancing With The Stars and former partner Karina Smirnoff! I’m not sure what this means exactly (maybe one of you can explain?), but, the new movie has been officially selected as part of the OPENING NIGHT Program of the ‘Academy accredited’ “LA SHORTS FEST” in September!
This news comes from the new official “Across Grace Alley” Facebook page. Be sure you join up for all the latest including ticket information soon. So, stay tuned.
For our previous updates, see this link.
Hey All! For those interested, be sure to watch Friday’s episode of The View at their official site. Ralph Macchio helped to co-host. In the introduction, they talk of his movie “Across Grace Alley” which stars his former Dancing With The Stars partner Karina Smirnoff. They also show of clip from the movie which shows Karina dancing with the little boy from the movie. It’s truly beautiful and mesmerizing. Be sure to watch it HERE. Sorry, still no word yet on it’s release.
For all of our previous updates on Across Grace Alley, see this link.
On a side note: Doesn’t Ralph look fantastic? I also couldn’t believe he has a 21 year old daughter now. She’s also an actress and has a role in the movie “Girl Most Likely”. You can see them together at it’s premiere at Zimbio Pictures.
Karina Smirnoff is not only about to take the stage with Maks Chmerkovskiy in Forever Tango. She’s also been writing a new book. Ok! Magazine asked her a little about what it’s about and here is how she responded.
“It will delve into questions people have often asked which I haven’t been able to answer,” she says. “It’s non-fiction with the stories where the names are a little twisted.”
So is this tell-all going to make Karina a few enemies?
“None of it is bad,” says the dancing pro. “It’s all fact. None of it is horrible. Some of this information is out already, some isn’t. A lot of times I’ve decided not to speak up and say certain things and address certain things and it’s not because I didn’t want to say bit, it’s because I wanted to step back and look at the situation and learn from it. Now that I have I’m ready to share those lessons.”
Karina, who has previously been engaged to baseball player Brad Penny and fellow DWTS star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, says the process of writing the book has made her look at life a little differently.
“The more you talk about it (your life), the more you realize,” she says. “The more you write the more you understand that people’s perception is their reality. It’s an interesting observation. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give it all away but it’s a very eye-opening book for me while I was writing it and definitely for anyone who will read it.”
Cool, I can’t wait to buy this book. How about you? You can read the full article at Ok! Magazine. Don’t miss reading it because there is a brief mention about Karina’s new movie “Across Grace Alley” with Ralph Macchio as well.
By the way, stay tuned. Karina and Maks will be on Extra and Good Morning America on Monday to talk of their 3 week run in “Forever Tango”. They’ll also be on The View on Friday. For tickets, see this link. Here’s a little preview from Forever Tango….
Awww, isn’t Karina Smirnoff cute in this striped maxi dress? Yesterday, the Dancing With The Stars pro was seen leaving a hair salon in Los Angeles. You can view more fun pictures of her at Zimbio Pictures. The Daily Mail also has a little write up on her today which includes talks of her movie Across Grace Alley. Things are really starting to gear up for this movie. Let’s hope we find out the air date soon.
Awww, doesn’t Karina Smirnoff look like a doll? Monday night the Dancing With The Stars pro attended the premiere of Disney Pixar’s “Monsters University” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. You can view more fun takes of her at Zimbio Pictures. So cute!
Thanks to Jimmbboe, below is some Blue Carpet coverage….
ADDING: Also, be sure you see Ralph Macchio’s twitter when you get time. He’s been posting some more stills of Karina, himself, and the cast of Across Grace Alley. The pic in this tweet is especially sweet. Also, note how he says the movie will launch in some festivals this Fall…
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PureDWTS Media Round-up: A Birthday Bash, Across Grace Alley Stills, A Floor Show In Australia, And A Benefit Gala
Just a little Dancing With The Stars media round-up!!! This weekend, Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff attended a big birthday bash for dancing alumni Maria Menounos. Julianne Hough and Shirley Ballas also attended the fun event as well as a total of 800 guests. Derek’s sister Katherine and baby were also there. It started at noon with a pool party and ended with a Hawaiian party. Below is Derek and Karina dancing together during the festivities.
You can see more coverage at Pure Derek Hough!!
Speaking of Karina, have you seen this instagram photo yet? The photo features some beautiful stills of Karina from her first movie role “Across Grace Alley“. With an exception to some sound adjustments from Ralph Macchio, it sounds like the movie is almost finished and ready to go. Well, we hope?
And moving down under! Pros Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova are currently in Australia. This weekend they gave a floor show and lecture. Below they Cha Cha and do a Paso Doble for the audience. Nice!! I need to add Elena to my Pro Wish List.
Lastly, remember dancer and ballroom instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who was tragically hurt and lost her leg in the Boston bombings? Dancing With The Stars plans to help and follow her on her journey of recovery. Well, on June 15th, you can help too. There will be a Fundraising Gala for her and her husband Adam Davis in Boston. If interesting in attending and helping them, visit Aurthur Murray Facebook and Authur Murray Event Bright for details and ticket information. Thanks to Tumbles for the heads up on this news.
And that makes this post a wrap for now! More later! xxx
Ralph Macchio And Karina’s Smirnoff’s New Movie To Be Called “Across Grace Alley”, More Details Released
Finally, we’re getting some new information about Ralph Macchio and Karina’s Smirnoff’s new movie which they filmed last summer. As you can read from Ralph Macchio’s tweet above, it’s going to be called “Across Grace Alley” (Isn’t this a beautiful title? I love it!). You can read this link for more details on the cast and movie for what they have so far. As previously reported, Karina will be playing one of the main characters. She’ll also be choreographing. Ralph is the writer, director, and the producer. Below is the plot summary….
ACROSS GRACE ALLEY – A young boy struggling with his parents’ divorce seeks solace in his infatuation with a captivating woman he discovers through a neighboring window. This poignant and visual coming-of-age story illustrates how brief encounters can have profound emotional effects. Written and Directed by Ralph Macchio. The film stars new discovery, Ben Hyland, four time Oscar nominee, Marsha Mason and world-class dancer, Karina Smirnoff, in her film lead debut.
Looks good. I can’t wait to see it!