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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Directors & Female Spirit

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Three of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about feminism, the essence of directors she has worked for, plus her grandmother Helen Gahagan, the third female Congress representative in U.S. history.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas (Helen Gahagan was his wife). She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while
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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Acting & the Film ‘Grace of My Heart’

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Two of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about her approach as an actor and how early influences defined that style.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, who was the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas. She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while he was editing “The Last Temptation of Christ.” She made her film debut in
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Interview, Audio: Trailblazing Actress & Film Historian Illeana Douglas

Chicago – Long before 2017, the year of notable recognition for women filmmakers, the actress, producer and author Illeana Douglas launched the film series “Trailblazing Women” on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2015. Her goal was to achieve recognition for the pioneering efforts of women in early film history and beyond.

“Trailblazing Women” had its third season in October of 2017, and again Douglas was the host. She has been an advocate for women throughout her show business career, besides having the ancestry cache of her grandfather – Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas – who was a movie star and character actor from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Actress/Author Illeana Douglas in Chicago

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Melvyn Douglas’ son Gregory and his wife Joan. She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her
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'Hamlet 2' to be Focus feature

'Hamlet 2' to be Focus feature
One of the biggest sales in the history of Sundance appears to have been sealed, with Focus Features reportedly nabbing world rights to the high-school satire Hamlet 2 for what sources say is about $10 million.

The deal, closed at the CAA condo at about 8 a.m. after a night of intense negotiations, would mark the biggest bidding war of the festival to date and one of the biggest in fest history, rivaling Little Miss Sunshine, Hustle and Flow, and Happy, Texas.

Hamlet stars Steve Coogan as an overly dramatic drama teacher who attempts to salvage his high-school theater department by staging a controversial sequel to Shakespeare's play.

Andy Fleming's pic, a late edition to the fest, had top film execs gushing outside the Library after the Monday night screening, with the Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight and Par Vantage all interested in the picture. A post-screening dinner at Main Street eatery Jean Louis saw a number of execs huddling with the sales agent and the producers, which include L&E's Eric Eisner as well as Little Miss Sunshine producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

Sundance sales begin with ray of 'Sunshine'

Sundance sales begin with ray of 'Sunshine'
PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, early Saturday morning. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening. Negotiations among the filmmakers, Cinetic Media's John Sloss, 20th Century Fox senior vp acquisitions Tony Safford and Searchlight exec vp Joseph De Marco went through the night, closing at the Cinetic lodge in Deer Valley at 8 a.m. "We look forward to sharing this perfect gem with the world," said Searchlight president Peter Rice. "It's in the tradition of movies that have worked well for Searchlight, from 'The Full Monty, ' 'Waking Ned, ' and 'Sideways' to 'Garden State'."

Searchlight takes shine to 'Miss Sunshine'

Searchlight takes shine to 'Miss Sunshine'
PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights Saturday to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening.

Peet and Mulroney in 'Griffin and Phoenix'

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Gold Circle are joining forces to produce the love story Griffin and Phoenix, set to star Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney. Ed Stone, one of the writers and producers of 1999's Happy, Texas, in which he also appeared as an actor, will make his directorial debut, working from his own screenplay. The film will be produced by Gold Circle's Paul Brooks and SKE's Sidney Kimmel, who will both co-finance the project, set to begin shooting this fall. Mulroney and Peet will portray the title characters, two lovers who are unaware of the tragic secret each possesses

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