•• Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen will play Anna Nicole’s mother Virgie. The Lifetime movie will feature Anna Nicole’s early life as a small-town Texas high school dropout and single mother, who had yet to change her name from Vicky Lynn Hogan to Anna Nicole Smith.
Private Practice alum Agnes Bruckner will tackle the lead role in the flick, which chronicles the late Playboy model’s tragic life. Also starring in the movie are Cary Elwes, Martin Landau, Virginia Madsen, and Adam Goldberg.
In order to bring the project to life, Sony Pictures Television tapped American Psycho director Mary Harron to spearhead the project. The talented filmmaker worked from a script penned by John Rice and Joe Batteer.
Anna Nicole will trace the model’s career from her early days as a topless dancer to her tragic death in February of 2007. Smith’s marriage to J. Howard Marshall, her photo shoot for Playboy, and her reality television show are reportedly covered in the biopic.
With this much talent in front and behind the camera, Anna Nicole should at least be an entertaining watch. Lifetime’s movies are usually hit and miss, but this one seems to have more promise than most. However, this isn’t the first time someone has made a movie centered around Smith’s life. Director Keoni Waxman and the folks at Nasser Entertainment Group released The Anna Nicole Smith story back in 2009. Singer and actress Willa Ford tackled the lead role in the movie.
Lifetime will premiere Anna Nicole on Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm. The flick will likely find its way onto home video before the end of the year.
•• “Crazy Kind of Love” theatrical trailer has been released a few days ago as well as two posters from Virginia’s movie. You can watch below the theatrical trailer, enjoy!
Based on April Stevens’ 1994 debut novel, “Angel, Angel” follow a broken family who must cope when Gordie Iris, (played by Anthony LaPaglia) leaves his wife, Augusta (played by Virginia Madsen), for another woman. Their disparate sons, Matthew (played by Zach Gilford) and Henry (played by Graham Rogers), have no idea what to do when their mother refuses to come out of her bedroom for days on end which turns into weeks. When carefree Bette (played by Amanda Crew) enters their lives, her outlook on the world revolutionizes the way each has been viewing this situation. Sam Trammell plays Jeff, an easy-going landscaper, who hires Henry as a day laborer and befriends his distraught mother.
•• Sideways star Virginia Madsen and Rebecca De Mornay are to battle it out as feuding family matriarchs in an updated version of Kevin Costner’s TV hit “Hatfields & McCoys”.
Kevin Costner faced off with Bill Paxton in last year’s award winning period drama, which chronicled the bitter blood feud between two post-American Civil War families – and now the saga has been brought up to date for a new TV series. Set in present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the two families will battle for power of the city in the new drama.
Rebecca De Mornay will play the head of the well-to-do Hatfields, while Virginia Madsen is down to play her rival Eloise McCoy. Nick Westrate and Sophia Bush will play younger members of the families. Charlize Theron is among the producers of the drama.
•• Sideways alum Virginia Madsen has been tapped to co-star in NBC’s Hatfields & McCoys drama pilot. Set in present-day Pittsburgh, a startling death reignites the feud between these two legendary families. Unleashing decades of resentment, the blue-collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
Virginia Madsen will play Eloise McCoy, a woman from a tough background flanked with insurmountable obstacles. She’s self-made and has raised her children to put family first. Despite her calm demeanor, she’s extremely vengeful and calculated, and will do anything for her family. After her husband is murdered, she manipulates Patrick McCoy into staying to take revenge on the Hatfields.
Eagle Eye’s John Glenn will pen the script and executive produce alongside Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Dawn Olstead and Beau Flynn. Smash’s Michael Mayer will direct the ABC Studios drama.
Virginia Madsen’s credits include arcs on Hell on Wheels, The Event and Monk. On the big screen, she earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in Sideways. Repped by UTA and Untitled, her credits also include The Number 23 and A Prairie Home Companion.