Television Critics Association press tour brings buzz for ‘Pan Am’.

A long time ago, getting on a plane was considered an adventure — of the pleasant kind — and ABC’s “Pan Am” (Sept. 25) wants you to sit back, relax and remember when flight attendants were gorgeous, passengers were well-dressed, and everyone had manners.

That ’60s world, says star Christina Ricci, was new and exciting, and she tries to maintain that excitement.

“These stewardesses were looked at as really glamorous symbols,” she says. “We have so much pride in welcoming these passengers on the plane, and they have so much pride in traveling.”

The goal, says producer Jack Orman, is to create a show that is “sweeping and epic and wish-fulfilling.” And one of their wishes clearly is to not be compared to its famous contemporary, AMC’s “Mad Men.”

“Television is just execution,” says producer Thomas Schlamme. “It’s not the time period it takes place in … It has nothing to do with ‘Mad Men.’ We just hope our show is executed in a wonderful way.”

Unlike “Men,” “Pan Am” is focused on women, a crew of flight attendants headed by Ricci. And unlike “Men,” the show has a secret-agent component: An attendant becomes a carrier for the CIA.

“We’ve done some research on this,” Orman says. Pan Am “had a very cozy relationship with the State Department … We weave it in, I think, pretty effectively.”

As the pilot shows, the women who worked for Pan Am were very tightly controlled. There were restrictions on weight, dress and their personal lives, all to help Pan Am sell an image of ideal beauty.

Still, says Ricci, former employees she talked to have fond memories of a job that let them see the world when women’s opportunities were limited.

“What this sends is a message that these women were really free and in charge of their lives.”

Source: greenbaypressgazette.com

Photos from the event are coming soon! Promise!

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ABC’s ‘Pan Am’ Will Stay True to the 1960s — With One Big Exception

Sorry the site hasnt been updated in awhile, there hasnt been anymore news till know plus I have either been busy or sick to upload more photos!

ABC’s new drama “Pan Am” is making a point of re-creating the mood of the 1960s, much in the way that the show it’s often compared to — AMC’s “Mad Men” — has succeeded in capturing the feel of that decade.

But “Pan Am” is making one big concession to more modern sensibilities: Despite the fact that smoking on Pan Am flights was a regular thing in the 1960s, the new show will not depict any of the principals smoking cigarettes on flights or in the terminals, reports Entertainment Weekly.

There will be some extras with cigarettes, but the stars, including Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie, won’t light up.

According to executive producer Thomas Schlamme, “It’s an enormous impressionable element. It’s the one revisionist cheat.”

In contrast to “Pan Am,” the 1960s characters on “Mad Men” smoke frequently.

“Pan Am” is set to premiere Sept. 25.

Source: tvweek.com

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Ex-Neighbours star’s party weekend

FORMER Neighbours beauty Margot Robbie partied up over the weekend, heading to Boutique on Friday night and Eve on Saturday night.

Robbie was at Boutique with a group of girlfriends and there was no sign of her pizza delivery boyfriend.

She then celebrated Eve’s fifth birthday with friend Emma Davenport. Hawks star Buddy Franklin, Vince Colosimo and Bomber David Zaharakis were also enjoying the DJ work of Ruby Rose.

Robbie goes to the Gold Coast next week to see her parents. She is filming series, Pan Am, in LA.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

PAN AM UPDATE: According to ontheredcarpet.com Pan am will be on air in the states on:
Sunday, September 25
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (special two-hour premiere)
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. “Pan Am”

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‘Pan Am’ Stars Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie on Girdles and Female Empowerment

*Sorry for lack of updates, been busy etc. Will have afew new photos added up soon! =]

Taking an airplane never looked so good.

‘Pan Am,’ slated to start in the fall, follows a group of young flight attendants who sign on to the “new” luxury airline in the hopes of making a change in their lives. The passengers and crew face a voyage whose landscape is shaped by romance, a volatile 1960s society and yes, even undercover espionage.

Starring Margot Robbie (‘Neighbours’), Kelli Garner (‘My Generation’), Karine Vanasse (‘Polytechnique’) and movie star Christina Ricci as the flight attendants, there is no shortage of sexiness in the sky. But that sexiness is not easily found, according to Ricci.

“We wear girdles,” said Ricci. “It’s literally a half-hour pee break. Someone has to help you, because afterward it’s all unhooked.”

“The girdles make you walk a certain way,” she continued. “It keeps your legs together.”

“I don’t know how women in the 1960s did it,” adds Robbie. “I don’t know how women got dressed by themselves.”

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US career of Margot Robbie ready for take-off

ANOTHER Aussie to make good in the US is Neighbours favourite Margot Robbie.

While in town Robbie divulged details about her role on a pilot show Pan Am in which she plays a flight attendant.

“We find out in about two weeks what happens, so I just have to sit tight until then,” she said.

“It was a brilliant experience and I’d never been to New York before so I was on cloud nine.

“I’m playing an American, so I have to do the accent. She’s sweet, she’s just joined Pan Am and she’s new to everything which was good because I was also new to everything.

“I love LA, I love New York, but I’m really, really happy to be home.

“I got back a week ago and went straight out to the farm with my family in Queensland.”

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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Margot nominated for Silver Logie!

Congrats to Miss Robbie for her nomination for a silver logie for most popular female talent!

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIEMost Popular Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Margot Robbie (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Zoe Ventoura (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

Lets make sure she gets this award =]

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Margot scores her first US gig!!

In her first U.S. gig, young Australian actress Margot Robbie has landed a lead role on ABC’s drama pilot Pan Am, a sexy soap set against the Jet-Age about pilots and flight attendants working at the iconic Pan Am airline in the 1960s. Robbie will play Laura, a radiantly beautiful new stewardess whose candid graduation shot is on the cover of Life Magazine.

Source:deadline.com

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Donna’s Wedding Dress up for Grabs!

Donna Freedman’s wedding dress will go under the hammer for the Channel Eleven launch in January, and the lucky winner will be able to walk down the aisle in an original design by one of Neighbours’ costume designer’s Nicole Coppi.
Worn by Donna Freedman (Margot Robbie) when she married the love of her life Ringo Brown in 2010, the beautiful princess design wedding dress will be auctioned off on ebay and all the money raised from the sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The dress features a fitted bodice, a belt with a diamonte buckle, finished off with a billowing skirt made from strawberry pink tulle. Furthermore, the dress comes with matching veil, earrings and shoes, all worn by Donna on her special day.

How To Bid

The ebay auction will start on 6th January, 2011 and conclude on the day of it’s launch on Channel Eleven, January 11th, 2011. A link to the ebay auction and details on how to bid will be available on the Neighbours website once the auction has commenced.

Source: neighbours.com.au

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Aussie stars stick together in LA

Several young, aspiring expat actors, trying to crack the big time, have taken up residence in the same Los Angeles apartment block.

Former Neighbours stars Dichen Lachman, Caitlin Stasey and Margot Robbie have set up base in the West Hollywood complex, along with Trilby Glover, Sophie King, Les Chantery and Matthew Newton’s former fiancee, Rachael Taylor.

Glover, who appeared in the film Righteous Kill alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, said the antipodean takeover of the block was gradual.

“Dichen lived here first and then everyone else just flocked to this apartment block,” said Glover, 29.

“My apartment door is literally one metre from Dichen’s, so I can actually lean through my window and chat with her.

“Les and Rachael Taylor live upstairs, Caitlin lives across the garden and Margot’s staying with her at the moment; it’s like an Aussie Melrose Place.”

Lachman, 28, who has won roles in Hawaii Five-O and sci-fi series Dollhouse, said her home life often reminded her of her days on Neighbours.

“All of Ramsay Street pretty much comes through,” she said.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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Brewer: Losing Margot was hard

Ashleigh Brewer has admitted it was tough to say goodbye to her Neighbours co-star Margot Robbie.

Ashleigh, who plays Kate Ramsay, used to share a flat with Margot, who has filmed her final scenes as Donna Freedman.

With several Neighbours departures on the cards, Ashleigh said: “The hardest person to let go of was Margot.”

But she said her colleague, who hopes to pursue a career in the US, was given a “really impressive” send-off by everyone at the soap.

“Everyone from the building, from the producers to the wardrobe department, came into the studio to watch her final scene. She was a really respected colleague and friend.

“It was hard to say goodbye but she’s on to bigger and better things.”

Ashleigh added: “She lived with me last year but not now I’m on my own and she decided to move in with her boyfriend but we remained really close at work. I miss her.”

Erin Mullally, Jane Hall and Matthew Werkmeister – who play Declan Napier, Rebecca Napier and Zeke Kinski respectively – are all set to leave the soap too.

Source: The Press Association

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