“Being Michael Madsen” screening at At UConn!

East Coast Independent Film has started a new program at UConn that helps independent filmmakers find an audience. This is the second screening of a Connecticut made film for this new “Screening & Talk Back Program” started by “East Coast Independent Film” director Alexander J. Andriulli.

On Monday, March 28, from 6-9 p.m., there will be a screening of the Connecticut-made independent film “Being Michael Madsen” which features the actors Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, and Daryl Hannah at the UConn Student Union Theater. This event will be open to the public.

The program is hosted by the UConn student union body of government film committee. Purpose for this program: To help generate tangible growth for the film industry on the East Coast. This program is similar to what a major film studio would do to help promote its upcoming films. It connects the filmmakers to college students who can help spread the word about their film, which gives the filmmakers access to a larger audience. The more revenue the company makes the more likely they are to make more projects here on the East Coast.

The Event: Interview with Virginia Madsen

The Event will return for the remainder of its first season this Monday at 8 p.m. for a two-hour premiere on NBC. Make sure to watch these two duke it out in the Oval Office. If you’re taking bets, I’m not putting money down anywhere. One’s the president and all, but from the sounds of it, that senator’s got something up her sleeve. Stay tuned to find out what. The Event airs Mondays on NBC.

Keshaunta Moton for Poptimal.com: You two star on NBC’s The Event. So Blair, how is it being President?
Virginia Madsen: (laughs) Yeah, I saw that. There’s a whole protocol around you. You’re very presidential. I think you could be president, for real. I’ll campaign for it.

Poptimal: I’ll vote for you. And Virginia you play Senator Catherine Lewis. Can you tell me how it felt for you to join an already established series?
Virginia Madsen: I was a fan of the show. I’ve watched every episode since the pilot. So I felt, the first day, very nervous being around everybody. But I was so excited to be a part of it. Walking into the Oval Office, it was so realistic. But being a senator and having my hair all tucked up and everything it took a little bit for me to step into her shoes. Continue reading

New “Red Riding Hood” Movie Poster!!

Another poster has been unveiled for Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood. According to this new poster Red Riding Hood is a breathtaking vision of the fairy tale and stars Amanda Seyfried, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke, Julie Christie, Shiloh Fernandez, Gary Oldman, Michael Shanks and Luke Haas. Click the left thumb for the bigger version!

In the film, Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect and bait.

Happy Holidays from Virginia-Madsen.org

Wishing you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2011 to all of the VMad Fans!!

Virginia Madsen joins NBC’s “The Event”

As previously announced here, Virginia Madsen is joining NBC’s freshman drama The Event as a recurring. Virginia — who’s coming off of ABC’s summer series Scoundrels — will play Catherine Lewis, the widow of a U.S. senator from Alaska who has assumed her husband’s post. A former powerhouse attorney, the Harvard grad is determined to carry out her husband’s legacy at any cost. The Event is currently on hiatus and is slated to return to the schedule on Feb. 28.

Children’s Action Network Holiday Party: Celebrity Wreaths for Sale

Small children were working intently on homemade wreaths with tree limbs, glitter, ribbon, and glue. Entertainment industry figures mingled, flirted, and networked nearby, sipping cocktails and munching on catered treats on the deck of a gorgeous Bel-Air home. The event centered around a silent auction for the Children’s Action Network, an organization that provides scholarships, resources, and raises awareness for foster care adoptions in the United States. The organization is also responsible for presenting CBS’s annual Home for the Holidays special, an hour-long concert interwoven with stories of foster care adoption.

Foster care advocate and Sideways actress Virginia Madsen was also there to lend her support to the organization, and spoke openly about how she considered adopting a child through the foster care system. Though she ended up deciding not to go that route in the end, Madsen’s certification as a foster care parent made her a strong advocate for the “fost-adopt” process. She described attending an adoption ceremony for 130 children in Los Angeles with her friend Nia Vardalos (who underwent the fost-adopt process last year): “It was so heart-wrenching. It was so moving. I couldn’t stop crying the whole day… As cynical as people can get about this world and where we’re going, when you see people really putting themselves out there, to get so deeply involved in a child that they would adopt them and bring them into their family–I don’t know how to describe it. It was extraordinary.”

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