Update on Criminal Minds and We are your friends

TVline just releaved the name and a tiny bit of information about Alicia’s role in Criminal Minds:

“… Coppola will play Lisa Randall, the head of a Morgellons syndrome support group who’s “willing to go as far as she can to protect group members privacy.”

Source: TVline

Also, Alicia told me, that “We are your friends” will be a feature film! According to IMDB it will hit cinemas next year.

New roles!

Hi folks!

Alicia recently revealed two new projects:

I am super excited to join @ZacEfron  @emrata @shilohfernandez in @maxjoseph film #WeAreYourFriends. #brilliantscript #brilliantcast

and

(…)  I’m heading back to @CBS to spend some time with @CrimMinds_CBS and @larryteng! #THRILLED!

 + update:

First day going to the @CrimMinds_CBS  set with @larryteng Super excited!

It seems we’ll see her soon on TV and maybe even on the big screen? (speculation on my part, I don’t know if “We are your friends” will hit the cinemas or “only” our TVs)

Expect more information soon!

“Gracefully Gone” review by Carl Marsh/newsignedbooks

Carl Marsh from newsignedbooks.com recently wrote a beautiful review of “Gracefully Gone”

Gracefully Gone

by

Alicia Coppola

Please read this book.

I was fortunate enough to make contact with Alicia Coppola through social media, and it was on mentioning her book to me, that got me really intrigued to read it. I know that most of the time when you see or hear that an accomplished actor has written a book, you just think “Here we go again, autobiography time is it?” This book turns that thought/notion upside down. What Alicia has done is open her heart by combining her journals, and those of her late father’s, Matthew. Her father Matthew was diagnosed with brain cancer, he was not even 40. Alicia was 12 years old, and not even a teenager when she had to deal with this! She had to grow up almost overnight and skip teenage years completely. This book is a no-holds barred description of at times, a real loving family enjoying Christmas, enjoying life, it’s ups, and it’s downs. Alicia (and Matthew) leave nothing out. What they thought at the time, what they were thinking/feeling, it was all written down, in these journals.

Please read this book.

The book is set around the period of Matthew’s initial diagnosis, Alicia’s dealing with all of this, and then the time during/after the operations/treatments, and then the slow demise and eventual death of Matthew. It is about a life that we can all hope to never experience like Alicia and her family did. Alicia is an actress. Yes she is. She is also a real person. She is one who had to endure such heartache and growing up. One who hated the school she was at. One who despised the neighbours who, not once, showed compassion when her father was ill. One who eventually fell in love. One who was committed to her acting. One who was and very much is, committed to her loving husband and 3 perfect daughters. She is one who had to be the mother to her mother. She is one who had to be the parent to her brother. Yet through all this tragedy, she was just the one we all knew from the TV. Without knowing though, that she was the one going through all of this, alone.

Please read this book.

Alicia opens up in this novel like no-one, and I mean no-one I have read a true life story about, has opened up like she has. For any book publisher or agent to not have wanted to have taken this book and released it, it baffles me still. Alicia had to self-publish this. Good for her that she did. This book should be read by everyone and anyone. We all shall experience sadness, heartache, depression, love, good times, bad times. No-one is immune to any of these things. Forget that Alicia Coppola is an actress. See her as just like you and I. She is just like you and I. She may be on the TV more than you and I but… she is, like you and I. Although Alicia has had to endure such difficulties that (hopefully) none of us have or will experience, by losing a parent at such a young age.

Please read this book.

It would be criminal if it was not published by a main stream publisher.
Absolutely criminal.

Please read this book.

Alicia Coppola is a talented writer. She really is. Everyone that reads this book will see what a masterpiece it is, and for what it stands for. For me it stands for sadness, loss and wanting to never lose a father, mother, child, sister, brother. It also made me understand that I was/am not the only one who had to experience such a loss. I can connect with this book. I can connect with the message Alicia has put down into words. I can connect with how she dealt with things. I can connect with how she ends the book. I can connect.

Please read this book.

Her skill as a writer is breathtaking. This is one of those books that should be read by every single person that is born. This book deals with real life. I know as an actress she will portray fictional characters. This book is no fiction. Her expressiveness into words is, so moving, you would think the journals written, were done by you the reader. Alicia puts you in her shoes in this book. I cannot say anymore than that. You really are immersed in this story, albeit a shockingly sad true story.

Outstanding!

Please read this book.

10 out of 10

Source: newsignedbooks.com

So, if you still haven’t read the book, you should! :)

Q&A / newsignedbooks

Hey there,

the site newsignedbooks.com posted a Q&A with Alicia – check it out here.

Articles for Open to Hope

Alicia has written two beautiful articles for Open to Hope:

November 24, 2013: Bereavement: ‘A Terrible Beauty’
(I have no idea how this could have escaped me before)

June 10, 2014: Lucky Charms – It isn’t just a Cereal

 

Radio shows / interviews

Hi there, long time no see.

Since Alicia was guest on quite a few radio shows since she has published “Gracefully Gone”, I added a new page with information on the date and – if available – a link to the site where you can download / listed to it: Radio shows / Interviews. (TV & Radio appearances –> Radio shows/Interviews)

I’ll try to keep it updated!

PS: You might have noticed that the “roles” pages had disappeared for a while. They’re going through a makeover. The pages for Ally McBeal, 3/8 American Dreams, Blind Justice, Blood Money, Bones and Castle are back online, but it’ll take a while to edit all of them, so please be patient. :)

“Gracefully Gone” review

You think, „memoir“ equals either boring or so extraordinary that no mortal could identify him/herself with that person? Well, think again, or rather read Alicia Coppola’s book „Gracefully Gone“. It’s the fusion of two journals: her father’s, Matthew L. Coppola Sr. and her own, linked by his fight against brain cancer.

It’s a situation almost everybody can relate to. Lucky people, who haven’t lost a loved one to a disease, be it cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other life-changing and -taking illness! But even then, it is possible to feel for the 12 year old girl who tries to belong while her emotional vulnerability – having to deal with the fear of losing her father – makes her “a gazelle with a twisted ankle lying just outside a lion’s den” (p. 37). Or with the teenager who is desperately trying to find an anchor. Or, of course, the young woman of 22 years, who tends to her father in the final five months of his life, torn between nerve-wracking dreams and most precious moments like a father’s smile, that keep one going in such a situation which would consume everybody, let alone a young adult who already lost her childhood to the impending loss. As Alicia puts it: “Today was a hard one: A good one because I got to spend all day with my father but a hard one because I got to spend all day with my father.” (p. 121).

“Gracefully Gone” is split in four parts, the memories of her father, which are interspersed throughout the book, her own recalling the years from 1980 (when he was diagnosed with brain cancer) to August 1990, her journal from August 1990 to January 1991, and an epilogue 2013.

While reading this book, I partly felt like watching a movie, or reading a novel and I had to remind myself that it is in fact a true story. Not because it’s so unreal – it isn’t, as I stated above – but because it’s written in such a nonchalant, direct, non-artificial way, that it was as easy and entertaining to read as a novel should be. It made me not want to lay the book aside until I finished it. Although the whole situation is, of course, sad and partly tragic – you probably will cry, at least once! – , this book is far from being a tragedy. Be prepared to burst out laughing because of a funny turn you weren’t expecting, a phrasing that puts sassy teenage Alicia right in front of your mind’s eye, or because of dry wit shining forth. Something will make you laugh or smile even in the chapters about the gravest and most sorrowful times (to pick just one cue: nickname; p. 130).

One cannot possible miss that Alicia has written this book from her heart. Her love for her father shines out of and stands strongly behind every page.  The honesty and depth of emotion in “Gracefully Gone” will certainly touch your heart.

So if you don’t own the book yet, you should get it immediately – btw: it’s Christmas soon, so if you’re still looking for a gift for a friend or for something to put onto your wish list, here’s a suggestion ;))

Teen Wolf 3×08 “Visionary”

Alicia’s Teen Wolf episode (3×08 – “Visionary”) airs tomorrow, Monday, July 22nd, 10/9c on MTV!
In this flashback episode, Alicia plays Talia Hale, a deadly Alpha Werewolf and Derek Hale’s mother.

Don’t miss the episode!

Gracefully Gone ebook & book signing

Hi folks,

Alicia’s book Gracefully Gone is now available as ebook at amazon.com (for Kindle).

Also Alicia wants to let you know that on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7 pm she’ll do a reading and book signing at  BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave Humtington, NY 11743

The book can also be purchased at BOOK REVUE.

 

Brandon’s Buzz

Here’s good news from Brandon (Brandon’s Buzz):

@brandonsbuzz: All of 3 days in, my chat w/ @alicia_coppola is now officially the most downloaded episode in Brandon's Buzz history. http://t.co/3VUUMMvkBb

I listed all recent interviews and radio shows Alicia did, on a new subpage, with links to these shows: http://aliciacoppola.wordpress.com/tv_appearances/radio-shows/