DC Universe gives a first look at Swamp Thing!

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe. Based on the DC characters originally written and drawn by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. A new original series Swamp Thing premieres on 31 May. New episodes weekly, only on DC Universe.

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Vertical Entertainment acquires “Burn Your Maps”

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the US distribution rights to Burn Your Maps, an adventure drama starring Jacob Tremblay, Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga and Academy Award winner Virginia Madsen. The theatrical release is planned for Q2 this year. Warner Bros. Pictures will be handling international distribution.

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany: he believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.

“Burn Your Maps is a funny, heartwarming, and deeply human portrait of a family navigating hardship,” said Rich Goldberg, co-President, Vertical Entertainment. “Anchored by touching performances from Jacob Tremblay and Vera Farmiga, we can’t wait for audiences to journey alongside them as they find meaning, purpose and happiness in the extraordinary setting of Mongolia.”

The film was directed by Jordan Roberts; with the screenplay by Jordan Roberts (writer of BIG HERO SIX and MARCH OF THE PENGUINS) based on the short story by Robyn Joy Leff. The film was produced by Cinelou Films, Big Wheel Entertainment and Defender Films in association with the Fyzz Facility Limited and Mad Riot Entertainment.

Producers were: Courtney Solomon, Mark Canton, Patrick Aiello and Julie Kirkham with the film being co-produced by Stephanie Caleb, Pavlina Hatoupis, David Hopwood, and Tracey Landon.

Executive producers were: Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Scott Karol, Arnaud Lannic, Mark Axelowitz, Babak Eftekhari and Lawrence Smith.

The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector for Vertical and Ian Brereton on behalf of Cinelou Films. Tremblay is represented by UTA, Play Management, and Shelter PR. Farmiga is represented by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and, ID Public Relations. Madsen is represented by Untitled Entertainment.

“Swamp Thing” gets a Premiere Date

A premiere date for Swamp Thing has been revealed by DC Universe. A few minutes ago at WonderCon, DC Universe finally announced an official premiere date for their upcoming original live-action series Swamp Thing…. and it’s only two months away! Look for Swamp Thing to premiere May 31, 2019 on DC Universe. Hopefully we will have a trailer soon.

The series stars Derek Mears at the title character with Jennifer Beals, Virginia Madsen, Ian Ziering, Will Patton, Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Kevin Durand, Henderson Wade, Jeryl Prescott and Maria Sten.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

“Swamp Thing” films along Wilmington’s riverfront!

The television series Swamp Thing filmed next to the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington on Thursday, March 28, 2018. Virginia Madsen stands prior to the filming of a scene for the television series “Swamp Thing” next to the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, March 28, 2019. The 13-episode series will air on the new DC Universe streaming site and is expected to be in production through May.

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Virginia Madsen to attend Chicago’s Flashback Weekend!!

Virginia Madsen

The lineup for this year’s Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con is already incredibly stacked. Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd have also been announced with many more celebrity guests being added in the coming weeks and months. They’ll be signing autographs, posing for photos and participating in a must-attend Q&A.

Flashback Weekend will be held August 2-4, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. For ticket sale information, please visit www.flashbackweekend.com.

“Swamp Thing” gets a release date on DC Universe!

Swamp Thing, the highly anticipated DC Universe series from James Wan and Mark Verheiden will be released on the streaming service in May 2019. Swamp Thing hype has been going on for several months now. DC fans are clamoring for the James Wan produced and Mark Verheiden penned series. According to ComicBook, the show will be unleashed on the DC Universe’s streaming service in May 2019.

With an impressive list of cast members such as Sharknado’s Ian Ziering, Jennifer Beals, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Derek Mears, Crystal Reed and Maria Sten along for the adventure, Swamp Thing is definitely headed for some impressive ratings.

Virginia Madsen on Playing the Mother of a Gay Texan During the AIDS Crisis on 1985 film!

I seems like no matter what kind of movies you enjoy, chances are good that Virginia Madsen has been in one of them.  She covered horror early in her career with the cult favorite Candyman and has appeared in others over the years, most recently The Haunting in Connecticut. Madsen has also performed in acclaimed dramas including Ghosts of Mississippi, The Rainmaker, and Joy (playing Jennifer Lawrence’s mother). She is also a natural when it comes to comedies, as her Oscar-nominated turn in Sideways proved, as well as her performances in A Prairie Home Companion and the queer-themed A Change of Heart. 

In director Yen Tan’s new movie 1985 (Wolfe), Madsen gives what may well be her finest performance. As Eileen, she’s a Texas mom whose oldest son, Adrian (out actor Cory Michael Smith), comes home from New York for Christmas in 1985, the first time he’s been with the family in three years. He’s hiding a few secrets, including being gay and HIV-positive. But Eileen is savvier than she seems, and Madsen gives her all in every scene, including an airport goodbye that requires a box of tissues.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Madsen, an LGBTQ ally through and through, before 1985 was released for a limited theatrical run and on home video and VOD in late November.

Gregg Shapiro: Virginia, early in your acting career, you starred in the classic horror film Candyman and later in The Number 23 and The Haunting in Connecticut. What is it about this genre of movies that appeals to you as an actress?
Virginia Madsen: It’s just very fun making a horror film. It’s like it’s Halloween and you’re a little kid and you’re pretending to be afraid of a ghost that’s not really there. It’s playing dress-up. It should also be very good storytelling. The reason I haven’t done more of it is because the stories were never any good. The focus was more on the slasher aspect and less on the story. That’s why I loved Candyman. It was really like a classic Dracula. When you look at the classic horror villains, you felt for them. You loved Frankenstein, and you hated when the castle collapsed because you have empathy for the monster. We all have a bit of the monster within us. 

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