Interview with Virginia Madsen of New Middle-Aged-Women Basketball Comedy “The Hot Flashes”

•• Virginia Madsen is an Oscar nominee, a longtime working actress, a mother, and the founder of film production company Title IX—great feats on all counts. Madsen has had dozens of roles in her career including Maya in 2004’s Sideways  and Princess Irulan in 1984’s Dune—and is most recently a star of The Hot Flashes (alongside Darryl Hannah, Brooke Shields, and Wanda Sykes), a new film released July 12 from director Susan Seidelman about a group of misfit middle-aged women who form a basketball team to raise money for breast cancer prevention.

– First of all, is Wanda Sykes as hilarious as she seems?
Yes. Wanda is one of the best women I’ve ever met. She’s so much fun. She’s got such a strong spirit, and she’s incredibly generous. People would jump out of their cars and leave their car running in the street to come over to hug her. And she always says hello to people and stops and takes a picture. She didn’t care at all, she just loved it.

-Was your character in The Hot Flashes a fun departure from your dramatic roles?
I’ve been experimenting with comedy over the last few years and it’s something that I’m learning about. This was one of the first times that I got to be funny and not just the “straight man,” like Maya in Sideways. So it was a lot of fun for me to work with the physical comedy and what I got to do with my look. I really enjoyed it. Continue reading

Virginia Madsen joins Lifetime’s “Witches of East End” for Multi-Episode Arc!

•• Witches of East End has cast its spell on Virginia Madsen, tapping the Oscar-nominated Sideways actress for a multi-episode arc.

The new Lifetime drama which received a 10-episode order in January, centers on Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (American Horror Story‘s Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (American Dreams’ Rachel Boston), both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches, , who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton. When one of the daughters becomes engaged to a young, wealthy newcomer, a series of events forces her mother to admit to her daughters they are, in fact, powerful and immortal witches.

Virginia Madsen will play Penelope Gardiner, the mother of Freya’s fiance Dash (Eric Winter). The cast also includes Mädchen Amick as Joanna’s sister Wendy and Jason George as Ingrid’s beau. Maggie Friedman, who helmed ABC’s similarly-themed Eastwick, will serve as showrunner.

Virginia Madsen joins cast of “Walter”

•• William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Peter Facinelli and Andrew J West have come aboard the dramedy Walter, about a young man who believes that he is actually the son of God. As such, the eternal destiny of everyone he encounters is his responsibility which is a lot to manage along with his job at a movie theater, his loving but neurotic mother and his growing but unspoken affection for his co-worker. Life becomes even more complicated when a mysterious figure appears who forces Walter to examine the true meaning of life.

Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin and Milo Ventimiglia co-star in the pic, which has started shooting in Indiana and LA and is based on a short story written by Paul Schoulberg, who also wrote the screenplay. West plays Walter as he did in the 2010 short film of the same name. McG protege Anna Mastro is making her feature directing debut on the feature version, which is being produced by Zero Gravity’s Mark Holder and Christine Holder along with Brendan Patrick Hill, Ryan Harris and Benito Mueller.

Virginia Madsen celebrates “Hot Flashes” to blow out cancer

•• The amazing ladies of “The Hot Flashes” movie: Virginia Madsen, Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim joined the American Cancer Society in honoring cancer survivors as part of The Society’s movement to create a world with “less cancer and more birthdays” at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on June 19th. All the actresses filmed a PSA about the Importance of Mammograms, for a Breast Cancer Campaign on Early Detection and Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness parnered with the American Cancer Society.

“The Hot Flashes” plot centers around women’s empowerment and originates from five friends trying to raise money for breast cancer early detection programs by holding a charity basketball game. The film has partnered with the American Cancer Society to further this message and help the fight against breast cancer.

Exclusive Clip from “Crazy Kind Of Love”

•• After earning an Oscar nomination as a producer on the gritty breakout film “Precious” Sarah Siegel-Magness has decided to take on something a bit lighter. Actually, a lot lighter. And even more, she’s stepped things up by making her directorial debut on a film penned by Karen McCullah Lutz (“Legally Blonde”), “The House Bunny”) and based on the book “Angel Angel” by April Stevens.

“Crazy Kind Of Love” brings together Virginia Madsen, “Friday Night Lights” thesp Zach Gilford and “True Blood” star Sam Trammell in a tale that follows a mother, in the midst of re-evaluating her life, who leans on her stoner son and his brother for support. But a romance between the younger son and the girl next door could be the key the mother needs to move on. And in this exclusive clip, we see that Madsen’s character is clearly out of her element and adjusting to the changes in her life.

“Crazy Kind Of Love” opens in limited release on May 31st and will be available On Demand as well. Watch exclusive clip from Rom-Com below.

Anna Nicole Smith biopic will air this summer

•• 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.

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