•• Oscar-nominated actress has come a long way since she got to Hollywood. Today she is enjoying the sweet ride of success and the advantages it brings. Below, an edited version of MORE interview with Virginia Madsen.
More: You recently turned 51 years old. How are your fifties treating you?
VM: The older I get, the smarter and stronger I get. My body is great, I feel youthful, and I see changes that I am really grateful for.
More: It’s great that you celebrate your age.
VM: Oh, yeah! I was raised by an incredible mom. My mom always had all the candles on her birthday cake, whereas all the other moms never talked about their age. My mom was open and honest about her journey in life. She was never ashamed of having a few lines or a few more candles. I wasn’t raised in an environment where age was the enemy. If anything, age made you stronger. Age made you smarter and even more sensual. Age also made you feel free.
More: Sounds as if you don’t miss your twenties.
VM: No. Look, I get that Hollywood is about being young and beautiful and age is the enemy. These young actors may get the abundance of work, but I get the quality of work. Hollywood may come across as a youth-oriented town, but there is plenty of room for actors of all ages. Continue reading Virginia Madsen: Age Is Not the Enemy
•• Chiller Theatre, the biannual horror and Hollywood convention in northern New Jersey has always grabbed the big names in the industry. For this month’s show, the stakes have increased considerably. In addition to all the recognizable genre and film names.
Celebrities attending Chiller, which will be held October 26-28th, include Joan Collins, cult director Paul Morrissey and Suspiria’s Stefania Casini. Zacherley will serve as the special convention guest. Lee Majors from The Six Million Dollar Man will stop by, plus Virginia Madsen, Julie Adams, Tom Wopat and Keith Emerson. Horror genre fans will appreciate the presence of Caroline Munro, Barbara Steele, Adrienne Barbeau and Linda Blair. For more fun, check out binguez. They’re a fun online bingo site. Host an event with friends where you listen to good music or play a game of bingo there. Music fans can check in with Ace Frehley, original guitarist for KISS. Hollywood legends include Penny Marshall, Valerie Harper, Lee Meriwether, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Aileen Quinn.
For a complete list of guests, click here. Pre-show tickets cost $20-$25. The festival will take place at the Sheraton Parisppany in Parsippany, N.J. on Oct. 26-28.
•• In honor of A New Beautiful campaign on this Awareness Month: Jeanie Madsen’s Gallery presents documentary “I Know A Woman Like That” screening – October 25th with Virginia Madsen and her mother Elaine Madsen. See graphic below for full details of the event!
•• Virginia Madsen has joined the cast of the Lifetime telemovie “The Anna Nicole Story” which Sony Pictures TV and Storyline Entertainment are producing. “American Psycho” director Mary Harron has also come on board to helm the biopic about Vickie Lynn Hogan, a pretty but plain small town Texan girl who transformed herself into the voluptuous, Marilyn Monroe-esque Anna Nicole Smith.
Virginia Madsen will play Vickie’s mom Virgie, Landau will play oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall who married then-stripper Smith when he was 89 and she was 26. John Rice and Joe Batteer penned the script.
•• New movie project for Virginia Madsen has been confirmed! She has joined the cast in “The Wilderness Of James”, an indie film coming of age tale that was scripted by Michael James Johnson, who will make his directorial debut and who also wrote the script. Already announced cast are Isabelle Fuhrman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Ross and Tabor Helton. The film takes place in Portland and is the coming of age story about a young boy dealing with absence of his father. Virginia Madsen will play the role of Abigail Charm. Super Crispy is producing the low-budget indie and shooting is scheduled to begin next month. Nicholas Frenkel and Glenn Howarton are exec producing.
•• Just a reminder here.. Don’t forget to watch Virginia Madsen as Mrs. Durant on her first episode of Hell On Wheels tonight 9pm/8central.