Actress Morgan Fairchild has two wonderful scenes playing herself in Anchor Bay’s new comedy “The Slammin’ Salmon.” Morgan called last week to chat about the film while packing from her hotel room in New York. I was curious to find out what this gorgeous lady from Dallas, Texas had to say about The Broken Lizard comedy group responsible for crazy comedy like “Supertroopers.” “Well, she exclaimed, the funny men asked if I would show up for a restaurant scene and I agreed to do the movie for two reasons. One, I think the Lizards, Jay, Steve, Paul, Eric and director Kevin Heffernan are all incredibly creative and funny, and two, I love doing improvisation. The film seemed crazy and fun, and I love doing things that ‘s unexpected of me.” Well that’s true; you took on the role of “Mrs. Robinson” and do an unexpected nude scene in the play. You truly did reveal your hour glass figure and your acting as a seductress was impeccable in that Saenger Theatre production. “That’s very kind of you, I had so much fun with the crew traveling from New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale and doing some pretty fun partying in Vegas too. I must admit, some of the kids in the show did a little too much celebrating and missed a couple of shows. Not very professional of them, but it all worked out at the end of the tour.” So you like to ad lib? “Well yes, that’s really how I started my career. My sister was the Julliard graduate who now teaches acting in Texas, I just improvised all the way to get ahead in show business.” I see you started show business as a child model and worked yourself up to famous re-occurring roles in TV like “Dallas in 1978. “Yes I moved to California and that’s where I met the talented Robin Williams on the Paramount Lot when he was doing work there. I was going there for an audition and just stopped to watch this incredible kid work. The audition was for director Gary Marshall, the TV movie didn’t pan out, but I got to do several appearances with Robin in “Mork and Mindy. Robin is such a genius. Well back to the Lizard group, they were all off beat and just lovely on the set. “What are you up to next? “Well I am a third year board member of The Screen Actors Guild and I’m devoted to environmental issues also (Morgan does charity appearances and has a spot on her web site for Katrina help and donations). Let’s sees, oh yes I remember, I have something brewing with NBC and I have a part in Disney’s new film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” doing an impromptu scene at a dog show, it comes out in 2010, but I don’t know what they will use from that session. I’ll soon be traveling to Italy and New Zealand for film work and I’m also working on a book proposal.” Sounds like you keep very busy and good luck with all that. Boy, I was just charmed by Morgan Fairchild; she was so sweet and sincere. Incidentally, Morgan was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World by Harpers Bazaar in 1982. Incidentally, we also talked about levee protection, blue and white collar jobs she is creating for the economy, Media Mall and Tversity software and how she patrols the internet for illegal movie downloads- which according to her- hurts and robs actors, directors and writers monetary earnings from their work. Ah- but that’s another article and interview in the making! __________########
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede's life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind ) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).
World Premieres, Sundance veterans, festival winners, this shorts lineup has em all! Our annual FEMALE FILMMAKERS NIGHT is one of our biggest nights of the year and after receiving a record number of submissions, we couldn't be more thrilled with this lineup.
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NOW ON BLU-RAY AND VOD- Traded (Cinedigm Films) is an excellent adult Western with an unsettling plot about kidnapping innocent young girls and “trading” them for money or objects. Set in the 1880’s, the film stars the great Kriss Kristofferson as a saloon keeper who knows the town business and the bordellos overflowing with kidnapped women and comes to the rescue when a desperate father (Michael Pare’) comes to town and is misguided by all the sleaze as to the location of his daughter. A genuine Western in the vain of most John Wayne films, except this one avoids Indians and has salty dialogue, shoot outs galore, some sexual content, galloping horses, frantic train hopping stunts and plenty of evil villains! Director Timothy Woodward, Jr. delivers all the sand, guts, blood and dust from the mid-Western plains and rolls it all up into one intense, suspenseful film with outstanding performances from the entire cast. An eye-opener that will certainly lure audiences back to the once popular Golden Age of Westerns! VOD, etc. BONUS FEATURES: The Making of Traded, Deleted Scenes. _____
Winston Churchill once said, “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”
On C STREET, it’s party time…
Gravitas Ventures presents C STREET - a political satire - which will be available on VOD NOW!
Incumbent Senator Fallon (DYLAN WALSH) is up for reelection. He’s also up for a good time.
Posing with his wife (CAREY LOWELL) and preaching the gospel of conservative family-values may fool his constituents, but he’s literally bursting at the seams. Fallon is salivating for some sexy stolen moments with Haley (SHAUN LICATA), a cute, young campaign worker who’s hot for him too. Fortunately, Fallon’s intern, Guy Poppett (EVAN HALL), has a place that’s great for humping in between stump speeches.
hidden key allows entrance for Fallon and his anonymous paramour to slip in and out until that one time when Guy comes home just a tad early and finds Haley naked in his bed. This is his dream come true, but not when she’s waiting for her lover who just happens to be his boss.
Guy’s fictional place is on C STREET, conveniently located where the real-life notoriously secretive, questionably tax-exempt, right-wing Christian Conservative Fellowship organization’s C Street Center hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast and houses wayward legislators in between scandals. It doesn’t get more lascivious than that. Or does it?
There’s a knock at Guy’s door. Turns out he has a scheduling problem now that he’s pimping out his apartment to other libidinous legislators to make love not war. There’s Governor Empire (BRUCE ALTMAN) plus one, the menacing Reverend Fink (GRAINGER HINES) with his self-conscious sex slave Manboy (JOSEPH CASTILLO-MIDYETT) and the all-too-kinky Governor Appalachia (MICHAEL GROSS) romping with his deaf mute lover. Guy has less time to get out the vote than he has to get new sheets on the bed.
We invite you to peek under the covers of Washington, D.C.’s next sex scandal, but only if you promise not to tell the media. Oh, yeah, that’s you. But can you keep a secret? No, neither can we. Tell everyone, if this story gets out, the government is going down. Maybe that’s a good thing because as Winston Churchill also said, “If you're going through hell, keep going.
New Orleans Film Society Announces 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival,
October 12th – 20th, 2016~~~
Festival unveils documentary, narrative and Louisiana feature competition lineup + official program artwork.
New Orleans, La. (August 23rd, 2016)– The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced today the feature competition lineup for the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), taking place October 12th – 20th at venues across New Orleans, with an increased presence in the downtown area.
“The incredible growth the New Orleans Film Festival continues to experience translates into a more dynamic and diverse lineup each year,” says New Orleans Film Society Executive Director Jolene Pinder. “This year, we are excited to introduce new venues that will create a walkable downtown campus for the festival, giving our audiences the chance to see even more films.”
Also revealed today was the official program artwork, designed by local artist Kayla Wroblewski. The artwork displays a portrait of Mexican actress Dolores del Río, who starred in the 1929 Louisiana-based film Evangeline, an image from which was used as part of the poster for the First Annual New Orleans Film Festival in 1989. The art selection highlights Louisiana’s rich history as a site for film production.
The 2016 festival lineup was chosen from almost 4,000 submissions from NOFF’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers, an increase of about 14% from 2015. Entries came from 115 different countries. Louisiana-made film submissions increased this year by 43%. Of the final selections, 45% of films are from female directors, and 36% are from directors of color.
“This year’s lineup typifies the festival’s strong commitment to supporting new cinematic voices,” says New Orleans Film Society Director of Programming Clint Bowie. “Film is an art, and this year’s selections make that hard to deny. Festival-goers should be prepared to be challenged, moved, and awed by the bold and confident storytelling in this year’s lineup.”
The New Orleans Film Festival is increasing its presence in downtown New Orleans, establishing its main festival hub at Ace Hotel New Orleans:
- Ace Hotel New Orleans will offer discounted rooms for NOFF guests
- Ace Hotel New Orleans will host NOFF films in a pop-up venue in the hotel
- A suite at Ace Hotel New Orleans will serve as the VIP Lounge for All Access pass holders
- The NOFF Merchandise store will be held at Ace Hotel New Orleans
- The Main box office will be located at Ace Hotel New Orleans
- Festival pass pick-up location will now be held at Ace Hotel New Orleans
- Selected Cinema Reset exhibition will now be held at Ace Hotel New Orleans
Below lists (are few selections) 2016 Documentary, Narrative and Louisiana features in competition:
Farmer/Veteran | dir. Alix Blair, Jeremy M. Lange.
One veteran’s mission to find healing through farming is haunted by the wounds of a family lost and the soldier he still yearns to be.
Jackson | dir. Maisie Crow
Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson captures the hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America.
Jonas and the Backyard Circus (Jonas e o Circo sem Lona) | dir. Paula Gomes.
The Nine | dir. Katy Grannan.
Modesto California’s notorious South Ninth Street—the Nine—is a no-man’s-land where the rules of polite society do not apply, a ravaged micro-community whose Darwinian existence is a day-to-day hustle.
Painted Nails | dir. Erica Jordan, Dianne Griffin.
Follows a Vietnamese immigrant’s life-changing journey from her vibrant nail salon to the steps of Congress, becoming the first person to testify for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes | dir. Brett Story.
A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration through a series of places across the U.S. where prisons do work and affect lives.
Shelter | dir. Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud.
72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? | dir. Raafi Rivero.
A bright, charismatic Brooklyn teenager has a ticket out of the projects and 72 hours to decide if he’s up to the challenge, all while fending off a rival who’s after his girl.
Are We Not Cats | Xander Robin.
Fired, dumped, evicted Eli leaps at the chance to escape the city on an errand upstate. Plagued by strange illness, his sojourn culminates in an affair with a woman who shares his habit of eating hair.
Daddy's Boy | dir. Daniel Armando.
Led by its lush black-and-white photography and a frank portrayal of male sexuality, this lyrical film tells the interlocking stories of four men on the fringes of the gay porn industry.
Back Story | dir. Iman Shervington.
WORLD PREMIERE. Five young black men from different backgrounds and areas of New Orleans filmed their lives for six months, sharing their personal views on everything from education to criminal justice.
Before the West Coast | dir. Oyd Craddock.
WORLD PREMIERE. The story of Coach Otis Washington's St. Augustine High football team during the years after the court ruling admitting them into Louisiana’s all-white high school sports association.
Bookie | dir. Michael Yusko.
WORLD PREMIERE. A New Orleans man attempts to make a feature film to satisfy the Kickstarter backers who invested in him.
One Note at a Time | dir. Renee Edwards.
WORLD PREMIERE. An homage to the musicians who returned to their hometown after the devastation following Hurricane Katrina, told through the prism of the heroic New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
My Father, Die | dir. Sean Brosnan.
Deaf and mute since the age of 12, Asher has been training for almost two decades to avenge himself on the man that killed his older brother, who also happens to be his father.
People | dir. Shane McGoey.
A pitch-black comedy composed of six intertwined vignettes and an ensemble of characters grappling with each other in a vain attempt to gain control over their lives.
Additional festival announcements, including spotlight films, honorees, and panels will be announced in the weeks to come.
NOFF PASSES & TICKETING SCHEDULE
Early Bird All Access Passes are on sale now at www.neworleansfilmfestival.org. New Orleans Film Society members can purchase All Access passes for $200 and Non-Members for $270. On September 12th, prices will increase to $250 for members and $320 for Non-Members.
ARRIVAL is in theaters November 11th
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
DIRECTOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO
BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON
“THE SHAPE OF WATER”
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins,
Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer to Star
Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2016 – Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that principal photography on THE SHAPE OF WATER began today in Toronto, Canada. The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, 99 HOMES), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR, “Olive Kitteridge”), Doug Jones (CRIMSON PEAK, HELLBOY), Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN, STEVE JOBS) and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (THE HELP, GIFTED). Academy Award nominated Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, CRIMSON PEAK) will direct and co-write with Vanessa Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” DIVERGENT). The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (THE VOW, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD).
"I started working on THE SHAPE OF WATER right around the time we moved to Toronto for PACIFIC RIM. Working with Fox Searchlight and being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave,” says writer/director del Toro.
“It feels like we have an embarrassment of riches on this film. An ensemble of incredible actors who are working at the very top of their craft, a wildly original story from Guillermo's one-of-a-kind mind, and the brilliant team at Fox Searchlight to shepherd us along. We’re all very excited to see how far we can take it,” says producer Dale.
“We are thrilled to be working with Guillermo del Toro as he is the ultimate visionary director. He has brought together an amazingly talented cast to bring this brilliant and unique story to life,” said Utley and Gilula.
THE SHAPE OF WATER is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. A mysterious and magical journey from Guillermo del Toro. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.
Joining del Toro on the film are long time collaborators costume designer Luis Sequeira (THE STRAIN, MAMA, CARRIE), director of photography Dan Laustsen - (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO, CRIMSON PEAK, MIMIC), visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi (CRIMSON PEAK, MAMA, FIGHT CLUB) and editor Sidney Wolinsky (“The Strain,” “House of Cards,” “The Sopranos”). New to the team is production designer Paul Austerberry (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, POMPEII). Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield and Vice President of Production DanTram Nguyen are overseeing the project for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.