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30 Mar 2019

“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.

25 Jan 2019

Virginia Madsen to attend Chicago’s Flashback Weekend!!

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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.

11 Dec 2018

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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