Film Fest to honor Virginia Madsen

The 17th Annual Temecula Film Fest will honor Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated actress Virginia Madsen at the fest’s Black Tie Gala. She  started her career in 1984 in David Lynch’s adaption of “Dune,” but had her break-through with the 1986 film “Fire with Fire.” Madsen is best known for her character Maya in 2004′ Sideways, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award, and won an Independent Spirit Award.

Festival Director Jo Moulton said “Virginia Madsen has developed into one of this generation’s finest actresses. She brings unique versatility to each of her roles and she continues to raise the bar in both film and television. We are delighted to honor the 2011 Founder’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award to Virginia Madsen.”

Virginia Madsen will be honored with the Founder’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award on Sunday, September 18, at the annual Black-Tie Gala held at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. The festival runs from Sept. 14 – 18. For more information, click here.

Virginia Madsen to read “Windows On The World”

Members of the Hollywood community, including Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen and Noah Wyle, will gather to commemorate the events of Sept. 11 with a reading of Windows On The World, under the wingof the Blank Theatre.

The Blank will present Colette Keen’s drama Sept. 12 at 8 PM at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Kirsten Sanderson will direct. Windows On The World is being presented as part of the Blank’s new play development program, the Living Room Series.

✿  According to playwright Keen, “This verbatim play focuses on the previously unheard perspectives of individuals who were in New York on 9/11. Windows On The Worldwas inspired by two of my friends: Alicia Titus, a flight attendant, who died on the second plane that flew into the towers, and Judy Kaplan, who brought perspective, humor and wisdom to the day’s events with her tales of walking home from downtown to Queens and how her life has changed since. Poets, lawyers, administrators, artists, and fire fighters have shared their experiences and describe how their lives have changed as a result of this day of de-enlightenment. Also, for the first time, you will get to hear the first call to 911 dispatch made by FDNY firefighter (Ret.) John Jermyn, who shares his story of surviving the collapse of the towers.”

For tickets, priced $50-$75, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

Anchor Bay acquires Berlin comedy “Father Of Invention”

Two years after wrapping production, Kevin Spacey’s New Orleans-shot comedy “Father of Invention” finally has been picked up for distribution. Anchor Bay issued a news release today (Aug. 9) announcing its acquisition of all domestic distribution rights for the film, produced by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson’s Horizon Entertainment.

Directed by Trent Cooper (“Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector”), the film co-stars Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Virginia Madsen, Craig Robinson and Johnny Knoxville.

The official synopsis: “Kevin Spacey is Robert Axle, an eccentric inventor turned egomaniacal infomercial guru, who loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After eight years in a maximum security prison, Axle is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire. But first, he must convince his estranged 22-year old daughter (Belle) to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommates.”

After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2010, the film ran into trouble finding a domestic distributor, although it did land a TV and DVD deal in Italy.

“Summer at Dog Dave’s” begins filming!

Earlier than reported here, filming for “Summer at Dog Dave’s” began Thursday in Greenwood Lake. At center, pointing, is director Rob Reiner (“When Harry Met Sally,” “The Bucket List”). The film stars Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen.

Jim Moore, husband of Greenwood Lake Mayor Barbara Moore, is pulling an antique boat through the scene Reiner is directing in this photo. The film is taking place in the fictional Belle Isle Village, reason for the sign on the sidewalk.

“Summer at Dog Dave’s” will be filming in Greenwood Lake until Aug. 10.

Virginia Madsen begins filming “Summer at Dog Dave’s”

A new movie starring Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, and Kenan Thompson, entitled Summer At Dog Dave’s, is set to begin shooting in Greenwood Lake, NY this summer.

The movie follows a disabled author (Freeman) whose drinking is preventing him from being able to write until a new neighbor (Madsen) befriends him and inspires him to start writing again.

Greenwood Lake is located about 50 miles north of New York City on the Appalachian Trail and is a popular destination for weddings, water recreation and hiking.

Rob Reiner will direct the movie which will be shot in Greenwood Lake from July 11 to August 15.

Virginia Madsen in talks for “Summer at Dog Dave’s”

Virginia Madsen is in talks to join Morgan Freeman in the cast of Summer At Dog Dave’s.

Virginia, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Sideways, and Saturday Night Live regular Kenan Thompson are in negotiations to join the Rob Reiner film, Variety reports. Morgan Freeman has already signed up to play a disabled author whose drinking is hampering his ability to write.

Virginia is in line to play Morgan’s character’s new neighbour who inspires him to give up drinking, while Kenan might play the writer’s nephew. would make a turn as Freeman’s new neighbor, a single-mother of three who befriends the author and inspires him to, well you can probably guess the outcome (hint: he starts writing again).

Virginia Madsen recently co-starred in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood” and signed on to produce Hardwicke’s adaptation of “The Bitch Posse” through her shingle Title IX, which optioned Martha O’Connor’s book.

Production is scheduled to start this July in Greenwood Lake, NY and to be released in 2012.