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Natalie Portman‘s film “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is a passion project — the actress optioned the rights to the novel by Israeli author Amos Oz, adapted the screenplay and directed the film while acting in the lead role.
But Portman revealed at the New York premiere on Monday at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo that she did not originally think she would be quite so involved.
“I didn’t plan on it initially,” she said. “I just wanted to direct it. And then slowly when I talked to people they were like, ‘You know what you want, just write it.’ Then I tried to get financing with another actress — an Israeli actress — and no one would give me money. So it sort of developed as a thing where I took on all these roles.”
Portman’s adaptation is almost entirely in Hebrew with subtitles and features a cast of Israeli actors. »
- Seth Kelley
Chicago – After he reigned as the father in the classic 1979 film “Breaking Away,” actor Paul Dooley suddenly became everyone’s Dad – and by everyone that meant Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles”), Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”). He tells all in Part Two of a comprehensive interview.
The former “Paul Brown’ was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City. He got his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Justin Kelly’s “King Cobra.” The film, written and directed by Kelly, stars James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. It had its world premiere in the Midnight section of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film “centers on Sean Lockhart – seventeen and boyishly handsome – who dreams of fame and success even though he’s broke and without direction. When he meets the seemingly conservative Stephen, founder of Cobra Video, he starts to perform in gay porn under the moniker ‘Brent Corrigan,’ creating a slew of wildly successful videos during which he blossoms from a naïve young man into a confident sex symbol. When rival porn producers Joe, »
- Kate Erbland
Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.
The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“King Cobra” had its world premiere in April in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival. Kelly directed from his own screenplay, based on the Andrew E. Stoner-Peter A. Conway book “Cobra Killer: Gay Porn, Murder, and the Manhunt to Bring the Killers to Justice” about the 2007 murder of a gay porn producer (played by Christian Slater) by two aspiring producers (Franco and Allen).
Garrett Clayton stars as a porn star who creates a slew of wildly successful videos, triggering the turf war with rival producers.
- Dave McNary
James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald lead the cast of the true story tale of the rise of gay porn star Brent Corrigan, his relationship with the seemingly conservative founder of Cobra Video (Slater), and rival porn producers (Franco, Allen) determined to steal Corrigan for their label - all leading up to an infamous murder.
No word on a release date or if there'll be a simultaneous VOD release as is common with recent IFC titles.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Justin Kelly's King Cobra, the porn industry pic starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. It premiered in the Midnight section at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Kelly wrote and directed the pic, which reteamed him with Franco after the pair did I Am Michael, which served as Kelly’s feature directorial debut. King Cobra, based on a true story, centers on Sean… »
Costume designer Sharen K. Davis and documentarian Roger Ross Williams are among the new influx of governors as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs hailed “another step towards inclusion” on Monday.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
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*Editor’s Note– Jovy Skol has been a very important part of the Icons of Fright team for over a year now, but until now, we’ve never had too much of a “profile” series. Since we’ve accumulated a decent amount of wonderful staffers over the last year, we thought we’d let Jovy speak for himself on who he is and what he brings to the horror table, so to speak. -Jerry
Living in the Midwest suburbs, I didn’t make too many friends growing up. I was anti-social and showed no interest in sports, which is apparently all you need to make friends. My mom always said as a baby I was pretty quiet compared to other infants and would only wake up to eat. Nothing has really changed in that department. My parents were really young when they had me and my dad had several sisters »
Molly Ringwald was the teenage crush of a generation back in the late '80s and early '90s, but it wasn't always easy for the young actress to handle that kind of fame. The Pretty in Pink star reminisced about her teenage years in a recent interview for Lenny Letter with famed artist - and Lena Dunham's mom - Laurie Simmons. Asked how conscious she was of her popularity at the time, Ringwald admitted, "It did feel like the world had a crush on me." While the positive attention was "a nice feeling," Ringwald said, "if you have any lucidity, »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Molly Ringwald was the teenage crush of a generation back in the late 80s and early 90s, but it wasn't always easy for the young actress to handle that kind of fame. The Pretty in Pink star reminisced about her teenage years in a recent interview for Lenny Letter with famed artist - and Lena Dunham's mom - Laurie Simmons. Asked how conscious she was of her popularity at the time, Ringwald admitted, "It did feel like the world had a crush on me." While the positive attention was "a nice feeling," Ringwald said, "if you have any lucidity, »
- Michael Miller @write_miller
“The Intervention” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, marking Duvall’s directorial and screenwriting feature debut. It stars Duvall, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, and Alia Shawkat.
“The Intervention” will screen at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
The festival will close on July 17 with Vertical Entertainment’s comedy-drama “Other People,” written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” actor Chris Kelly, and starring Molly Shannon, Jesse Plemons, Zach Woods, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, and June Squibb.
Outfest will include a July 13 screening of Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” two days before its opening. The festival’s gala screenings include: U.S. centerpiece “Spa Night,” international centerpiece “Esteros,” documentary centerpiece “Kiki,” legacy centerpiece “Different From the Others,” and special centerpiece “King Cobra,” starring James Franco, »
- Dave McNary
“Who Do You Think You Are?” follows celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. Recent seasons have featured “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, “Glee” alum Lea Michele and ’80s icon Molly Ringwald. The series is executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky.
“Long Lost Family” features the stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation from their family members. The series reunites those separated by adoption, uncovers secrets behind unsolved mysteries, and helps individuals answer lifelong questions. This past season reunited several family members in emotional meetings, including a mother and a daughter who actually worked together and did not realize they were related. The series is hosted by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner, who »
- Laura Prudom
“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe? ”
The Breakfast Club plays this weekend (June 10th and 11th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.
In 1985, director/writer John Hughes crafted The Breakfast Club, his hilarious and surprisingly thoughtful tale that still seems as fresh as it did 30 years ago. Five teenagers, each representing a different clique in their high school, are forced to spend an entire Saturday in detention together for various infractions each has committed–some of which become central to the plot, as the characters gradually become aware that they share more in common with each other than their stereotypes and preconceived notions would ever allow.
There’s a minimalistic feel to the movie that helps maintain its focus on the characters; there are essentially only two other speaking parts of any significance outside of the five teens–the antagonistic school principal, »
- Tom Stockman
Mom is getting some new company just in time for Mother's Day. Today, Bravo announced several guest stars for the upcoming season of Odd Mom Out, including Molly Ringwald, Amy Sedaris, and Meredith Vieira.
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“The Blues Brothers” is getting the animated treatment with a series officially in development. Also in today’s TV news roundup, Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” has scored more guest stars for its second season, plus daytime panel show “The Preachers” has landed a summer test-run on Fox-owned stations.
Bento Box Entertainment announced plans today to develop and produce “The Blues Brothers,” as an animated comedy series. The project, which has been in the works for years, hails from Dan Aykroyd and former “Saturday Night Live” writers Judy Belushi and Anne Beatts. The music-centric series will center on the adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who belong to a blues band. While no network is attached, Bento Box will shop around the project as a primetime comedy series. The independent studio is currently behind Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” among other shows.
Amber Rose will host »
- Alyssa Sage
The Blues Brothers are on a new God-given mission — and this one’s animated.
Bento Box Entertainment — the studio behind Bob’s Burgers — announced Tuesday that it will develop and produce a primetime cartoon series based on Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s SNL characters-turned-real-life band.
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Molly Ringwald, Meredith Vieira, Amy Sedaris and John Hodgman will join Drew Barrymore, Blythe Danner and much of the “Hamilton” cast as guest stars on Season 2 of Bravo’s original scripted comedy series, “Odd Mom Out.” Ringwald (pictured, left) will play Joy Greene, the best-selling author of a runaway self-help bible that has the entire Upper East Side under its spell; Vieira (pictured, right) will play Dr. Baldwin, a child psychologist; Amy Sedaris will portray Elna, a one-of-a-kind DMV agent; and John Hodgman will be Brad, the husband of Meredith (Barrymore). Those stopping by from “Hamilton” include Jasmine Cephas Jones, »
- Tony Maglio
What’s on Netflix May 1: “Bring It On” Kirsten Dunst stars alongside Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union in Peyton Reed‘s 2000 cult classic about a high school cheerleading competition. What’s Coming May 1: “Pleasantville” Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star as a pair of twins who find themselves transported into a 1950s TV sitcom in Gary Ross‘ “Pleasantville.” What’s Coming May 1: “Sixteen Candles” John Hughes‘ coming-of-age comedy “Sixteen Candles” stars Molly Ringwald as a high school student who struggles to make it through her 16th birthday. What’s Coming May 6: “Grace and Frankie »
- Reid Nakamura
Molly Ringwald is going back in time, and it's way beyond the 80s. People has the exclusive look at Ringwald's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, where she travels through various Nebraska towns to discover her roots in the TLC show. In an exclusive clip, the 48-year-old gets very emotional reading an 1857 housing record, which shows her ancestor Kjersti and her children being moved out of the miner housing and into housing for widows of mine workers. Upon further reading, she finds out that Kjersti's husband Carl Grip died in the coal mines, leaving Kjersti a widowed mother and without money. »
- Brittany King
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