Each year around the world, as many as 48,000 people are diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and 40,000 people die – the same number of people who are lost to breast cancer annually. Pulmonary fibrosis is a devastating disease that robs people of their ability to breathe. To help raise awareness about this unknown deadly disease, the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is kicking off “Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month” this September.
Actress Rose McGowan, Honorary Chair of the ‘Daughters of PF’ program, which calls on women to fundraise and generate awareness of PF, joins in the CPF’s call for increased investment in research to find a cure.
McGowan lost her father to PF. “When I learned PF is 100 percent fatal and that my father was going to die, I was utterly hopeless and broken-hearted,” said McGowan, best known for her role on TV’s long-running show ‘Charmed.’ “I can’t begin to describe how PF wreaks destruction on the patient and their loved ones. Many illnesses, including breast cancer, are better known than PF, but PF is claiming just as many lives as these illnesses. Even worse, the investment in research for PF is minimal. It’s time for a change.”
“We are proud to stand with Rose and the patients and their families to kick off this month to draw attention to this horrible disease. We have expanded our reach to communities and cities nationwide for a truly grassroots effort driven by those who desperately need help,” said CPF Chief Executive Officer Mishka Michon. “We cannot stand by as upwards of 128,000 people suffer every year, with no cure on the horizon and are deeply grateful for those who step forward to help in this campaign,” added Michon.
Late last month Rose McGowan sat down for a lengthy Q&A at Toronto’s Fan Expo, during which she touched upon several projects that she currently has in the pipeline.
• Rose shared that she recently signed with Dolly Parton’s manager and hopes to record an album in Nashville in the next few months!
• We learned earlier this year of Rose’s plans to direct a short film. Now she said that she is about to direct a film starring Piper Laurie (Carrie) and Joshua Close (The Master). We don’t know if this is perhaps the short film that she talked about earlier or a full length feature – but, as always, we’ll keep you posted!
I’ll leave you with a video of Rose singing part of Fever for the lucky Expo audience.
Last month Rose McGowan filmed a role for a western titled Last of the Duanes, based on the novel of the same title by Zane Grey and directed by Christopher Ekstein. The film was adapted by Ekstein, Jason Chase Tyrrell and Stacy Ownes Ekstein. Apart from the fact that she plays a madam, we know very little about Rose’s character and the size of her role in this production. Last of the Duanes stars Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood), Danny Trejo (Machete co-star) and Jason Patric. We’ll keep you posted with any further details as they come!
Meanwhile, you can view a video interview with Rose under the cut, in which she mentions the project, and check out a few behind the scenes images in the gallery. Furthermore, here is a synopsis for the novel on which the movie is based on:
Western legend Grey (Lorna Doone, Riders of the Purple Sage) wrote this novel in 1913, but it was rejected by his early publishers, who believed it contained too much gunplay and not enough sentimentality. Buck Duane is the son of an infamous gunfighter. Although Buck is warned by his family to avoid the outlaw trail, his quick temper, steady nerve and lightning-quick hand promptly get him into trouble. After killing a bully, Buck flees the law and heads off into the harsh badlands of southwest Texas, where outlaw gangs roam the Mexican border. Buck falls in with a bad crowd, but an exaggerated reputation and a couple of nifty shootings keep him alive among the ornery rustlers and robbers. He grows into a steely-eyed gunfighter with a conscience and a saddlebag full of regrets. Despite the notches multiplying on his gun, however, Buck is a decent fellow. He rescues a young girl, Jennie Lee, from the abusive clutches of the Bland gang, only to see her abducted again. In despair, Buck hides out for several more years, dodging the law and the bushwhackers, all the while searching for Jennie Lee. When the Texas Rangers finally catch up with Buck, it’s not to kill him but to make him an offer he can’t refuse. This may have been too bloody a story for 1913, but it follows formula in the end, as the outlaw settles down, albeit with a haunted mind, to a life of humble domesticity.
– Last of the Duanes: On the Set
To wrap up the Rose McGowan Birthday Week, the gallery has been updated with a mixed bag of images, which range from photoshoots to movie stills to red carpet images. Be sure to regiser/log in and head to the Last additions page to view several pages of newly uploaded goodies!
– Last additions
Laura, also known as RoseRocks, has been with us since day one. She is our much valued and loyal site contributor and also now our forum and Facebook page admin. Today, in honor of the Rose McGowan Birthday Week, Laura talks about her favorite Rose McGowan performance, that of Moira Kennedy in a little gem of a movie called Strange Hearts.
Choosing my favorite Rose movie is a pretty tough choice and when it comes to decide who is my favorite character Rose has played, well, it’s a tie between Cherry Darling, Courtney Shane and Moira Kennedy. I love all these characters but there’s something captivating about Moira, after watching all the Rose movies through the last ten years, I still feel like Moira has a special place in my heart.
Moira is a thousand things, all very different, she’s an amount of depth, pain and glamour. And I truly think only Rose could portray all those things so perfectly.
There are so many reasons why I love Moira; she has charm and subtle beauty. She is pretty much battered, but constantly trying everything to keep her head above water. She’s always hiding behind different characters, always changing wigs, outfits and make-up but probably just trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants in life. Even tho she gets hurt quite easily by certain situations, she never surrenders.
In today’s update for the Rose McGowan Birthday Week, the newest addition to the Rose-McGowan.com team, Dale McCarthy, speaks about his most beloved Rose McGowan movie: Scream and the character of Tatum Riley.
In addition to Dale’s lovely write-up, we have replaced the 720p resolution Blu-ray captures of Scream with 1080p ones, which means even bigger and even more beautiful screencaptures of this classic Rose performance! Click on the image below to get to the brand spankin’ caps.
If there is one word to describe Rose McGowan and her impressive career thus far, it is this – versatility.
Whether it be the role of a mute con-artist, a psychopathic high school temptress, a very charming witch or even a machine-gun-legged, zombie-slaying heroine, there is no denying the true range and scope of this alluring leading lady…with a velvety, enchanting singing voice to boot!
Breathing life and true dimension into each and every single role she plays, it is a true testament to her talent as a successful actress & artist. We believe her as these different characters, which is what I find so compelling.
I first discovered the enchanting Miss McGowan in Scream. It was at a sleepover party – horror movie night! After the harrowing (and brilliantly crafted) opening to the film, I was completely thrown into the mysterious world of Woodsboro…and introduced to the feisty Tatum Riley. I distinctly remember thinking: “Who is this beautiful girl with the dazzling big brown eyes, and cheeky attitude?!”
Today the gallery has been updated with The Tell-Tale Heart goodies: a stunningly beautiful new still featuring Rose McGowan and her leading man Patrick John Flueger as well as a handful of newly released posters featuring Patrick. Word has it that Rose’s character poster will be released soon! Meanwhile, enjoy these gorgeous new images.
In honor of Rose McGowan’s 39th birthday, the gallery has been updated with glorious Blu-ray screencaptures of one of Rose’s more recent movies, Dead Awake. Rose plays Charlie in the Omar Naim directed film, a character who is, in Rose’s own words, “a semi-homeless crackhead who I think is half cracked and half schizophrenic.” A different type of a role for our lady, that is for sure!
Enjoy the screencaps!
– Dead Awake: Blu-ray Screencaptures
Rose Arianna McGowan was born September 5, 1973 in Florence, Italy… Which means that today, on September 5, 2012, she celebrates her 39th birthday!
On behalf of all of the McGowaniacs, we’d like to wish Rose a lovely birthday filled with laughter, happiness, Laffy Taffy (in Grape!) and doggie kisses! May all your wishes come true!
Please feel free to leave any birthday messages for Rose by commenting here, at the forum or, of course, by sending her a message via Twitter. Also, if you’re interested and able to make a financial contribution in honor of her birthday, The Boston Terrier Rescue Net is a worthy cause very close to her heart.
Now, what are you doing to celebrate Rose’s birthday today?
On the second of the Rose McGowan Birthday Week, Rose-McGowan.com brings you screencaptures from Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, a Scream documentary that was produced in the wake of the release of Scream 4 in 2011. In the documentary Rose discusses her experience of filming Scream and the iconic role of Tatum Riley. The documentary also includes rare stills and behind the scenes images – and a multitude of adorable Rose faces and fun filming stories!
– Scream: Still Screaming Captures