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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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.
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Directed by Academy Award® winner Roger Ross Williams. THE ORCHARD PRESENTS___
THE LAND OF THE LOST SIDEKICKS
An animated short film inspired by the feature documentary LIFE, ANIMATED.
Screening as part of Shorts Program 1: Narrative
Saturday, October 1 at 4:00PM at The Bruno Walter Auditorium (111 Amsterdam Ave)
Sunday, October 2 at 6:00PM at The Bruno Walter Auditorium (111 Amsterdam Ave)
Owen Suskind is an autistic young man who loves Disney animated movies and in particularly he feels a kinship with the sidekick characters featured in those films, so when he wrote a short story about some of those characters, it turned out to be a remarkable reflection of the challenges he faces every day as an "autistic young adult."
"The Land of the Lost Sidekicks" is about a young boy who arrives in a foreign land where all of the sidekicks featured in classic Disney movies go after their hero's destiny has been fulfilled. The young boy sees himself as a sidekick, finds a home in their company and soon bands together with his new sidekick friends to fight against the evil Lord Fuzzbutch, a villain who breathes fire and noise into a person's head, leaving that person confused and spinning in circles. The boy and his team of sidekicks are never able to completely defeat Fuzzbutch, but they are able to find ways to fight against him and keep him at bay.
FALL PREVIEW STORIES- SAMPLES:
INFERNO (IMAX) – OCTOBER 28 – COLUMBIA PICTURES
Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
PASSENGERS (3D) - DECEMBER 21 - COLUMBIA PICTURES
While helping a handful of plane crash survivors cope with their grief, young psychologist Claire Summers (2008 Best Actress, Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married) begins to uncover conflicting accounts of the accident. At first, Claire believes that trauma is behind her patients' wildly different stories - until the survivors mysteriously begin disappearing one by one. Now Eric (Patrick Wilson, Lakeview Terrace), a surviving passenger she has grown dangerously close to, may hold the key to unlocking the truth about the tragic incident in this shocking psychological thriller
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – OCTOBER 7
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods). In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.
KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? – OCTOBER 14
In Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
OUIJA: ORIGINS OF EVIL – OCTOBER 21
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purgeseries, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija). Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he wrote with his Oculus and Before I Wake collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
ALMOST CHRISTMAS – NOVEMBER 11
A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. The all-star cast of Almost Christmas is led by Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly.
SING – DECEMBER 21
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.
Gravitas Ventures Picks up Robert Greenwald’s Powerful Documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA; Initial VOD Release Planned for November 1st
Global indie film distributor Gravitas Ventures has picked up Robert Greenwald’s powerful documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. Through the stories of everyday Americans whose lives have been affected by gun violence, Brave New Films’ documentary shows how gun manufacturers and dealers and their marketing and sales arm, the NRA, have perverted and distorted our political process for profit. By focusing on gun violence survivors and victims’ families, Making a Killing is a call to action to confront one of our society’s most serious problems. Gravitas will handle television, streaming, VOD and DVD rights in the United States and Canada. Initial VOD release is scheduled for November 1, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be in business with Gravitas Ventures,” says director/producer Robert Greenwald, whose credits include the landmark television projects The Burning Bed and A Woman of Independent Means as well as the documentaries Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price; Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers; Koch Brothers Exposed; Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism . The first step in ending the daily tragedies wrought by gun violence is making sure everyone in America knows just who is behind the laws – or lack thereof – that allow for literally anyone to get their hands on a gun and start shooting.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with Robert and the Brave New Films team,” said Gravitas Ventures’ Sr. Director of Acquisitions, Dan Fisher, “Robert continues to be a powerful voice in documentary cinema and MAKING A KILLING is another incisive and fearless look at the suspect practices of big business.”
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA will have a one week theatrical run in Los Angeles (August 12-18) and in New York City (August 19-25), which will meet requirements for Academy Award consideration. Brave New Films will partner with gun-violence prevention activists to turn multiple screenings during the theatrical runs into opportunities to inform audiences about the issue and to organize against the forces of gun profiteering. Among the non-profit partners are Amnesty International, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and Women Against Gun Violence. By Labor Day, Making a Killing will have been seen at over 1000 screenings around the country sponsored by churches, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals who after viewing the film discuss it with the accompanying action guide in order to make an impact on this issue.
Making a Killing’s inescapable conclusion that the NRA is a sales and marketing division for gun companies has been widely validated.
Chalmette Movies is proud to announce their portion of this year's 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival:
ALIVE & KICKING.
Nominated Grand Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival
Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. Susan Glatzer's debut gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.
Directed by Lila French and Lizzie Prestel
in 2005, St. Bernard Parish, a community on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Through the personal stories of four long-time residents, we witness their loss, healing and rebuilding, their resilience, and what it is that connects people to the place they call home.
Won Best Australian Feature Film Melbourne International Film Festival. The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she's flung into a parallel place; a world that's weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous - only there can she find herself.
THE HANDMAIDEN. Nominated Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival!
From director Park Chan-Wook, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel "Fingersmith" by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman's plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.
The infamous film where drag performer Divine is raped by a giant lobster!!! One of those "you have to see it to believe it" kind of films. John Waters' gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades, his second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion.
Nominated Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival
NYC college girl Leah (Morgan Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. Between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, Leah falls for Blue (Brian Marc), a young man dealing drugs on her corner. Within days, the two are selling dime bags to her boss (Justin Bartha) and his downtown friends and living the high life. Summer love crashes to a halt when Blue is arrested and Leah is left with a serious bag of his coke. The most controversial film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, "White Girl" is an incendiary exploration of race, gender and youth, inspired by first time writer-director Elizabeth Wood's own experiences. ______________________
Ben Affleck delves into intricacies of autism for 'Accountant' role at Chinese theatre. Calif. Premiere- exclusive sho buz
October 14, 2016 ED HELD STUDIO NEWS
Fall introduces the crown jewels of interesting films starting this week. One worthy of an Oscar nod for performances and screenplay has to go to the superb drama The Accountant (Warner Bros.). Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck, - in his best intense, but steadfast action-packed performance ever) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons delivers a grand slam performance), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick, - she’s perfect for this role and her chemistry with Affleck is electrifying) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. The story was very compelling and in today’s completive Cinema, it's hard to find a good story and an action movie that’s fresh, but The Accountant is a first rate film over-stuffed with danger, suspense, bloodshed and contains more astonishments that could be found in a piñata! It was superbly directed by Gavin O'Connor, plus the movie was a lot more intense and bloody than I thought it would be, and Affleck made his character very interesting, violent, funny and tense throughout the multi-twisted sub-plots. O’Connor’s film includes an abundance of strong viciousness and language throughout and Affleck proves he once again can command the screen with this compelling performance of a Special-Ops type autistic commando wiz never before realized on film since Rain Man (1988)! Also to note, the movie sends a positive message (and many revelations) about autism to explore! ***. R. 128 Minutes. ________