•• Earlier this month, filmmakers Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia announced the launch of WIGS, a YouTube channel featuring original series, short films and documentaries that explore the lives of women. The first WIGS series, “Jan,” starring Caitlin Gerard, Virginia Madsen and Stephen Moyer, premieres today. The Daily caught up with Avnet, Garcia, Gerard, Madsen and Jennifer Beals (the star of the upcoming series “Lauren”) to get the scoop on what viewers can expect from this exciting new content.
•• WIGS are quality scripted dramas that are written, performed and directed by world class talents. We’re telling stories of women in 5-8 minute installments, chapters, short movies and little segments. With a plethora of of well known names flocking to the project including Virginia Madsen, Julia Stiles, Dakota Fanning, Allison Janney, America Ferrera to name a few, WIGS is a brilliant new Youtube channel dedicated to bringing the stories of women to the forefront of cultural consciousness.
Jan premieres May 14th. Watch how Jan (Caitlin Gerard) gets the first job of her dreams but the boss (Virginia Madsen) of her nightmares. What happens when your dream first job becomes a nightmare?
•• YouTube just announced that Hollywood filmmakers Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia will be among the talent featured in the upcoming YouTube Brandcast.
WIGS, the new channel from Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business) and Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment, Mother and Child), will feature scripted shows and short films with female leads—basically the Oxygen Network online. The new channel features name actors Virginia Madsen, Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Gerard, Jennifer Garner, Alfred Molina, Julia Stiles, Sarah Paulson, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Directors include Betty Thomas, Paul Brickman, Lesli Linka Glatter, Walter Salles, and Amy Lippman.
WIGS will also feature documentaries, behind-the-scenes videos, and cutting-edge unscripted content, all starring female leads. New content every single weekday, beginning May 14, 2012.
- Jan – written and directed by Jon Avnet, debuting May 14th. The cast includes: Caitlin Gerard, Virginia Madsen, Stephen Moyer, Kyle Gallner, Laura Spencer, Iddo Goldberg, and Jaime Murray.
•• New movie project for Virginia Madsen has been confirmed! She has joined the cast of “The Hot Flashes”, the already announced cast are Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts, Brooke Shields and Wanda Sykes. The film is directed by Susan Seidelman and the synopsis reads as:
An unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, challenge the current arrogant high school girls’ state champs to a series of games to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as these marginalized women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, and become a national media sensation.
The production has started filming in New Orleans and please check back for further information about this movie!
•• TV movie “Hornet’s Nest” will air at 8 p.m. March 31, according to TNT officials. Sherry Stringfield (“ER”) and Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”) star in the movie, an adaptation of the Charlotte-based novel of the same name by Patricia Cornwell.
“Hornet’s Nest” filmed last December at the StarNews Media newsroom on 17th Street and other Port City locations, such as the New Hanover County courthouse.
The movie features reporter Andy Brazil (Robbie Amell), Police Chief Judy Hammer (Madsen) and her top deputy, Virginia West (Stringfield). The story begins with everyone desperate to solve the latest crisis: a serial killer targeting out-of-town businessmen. Hammer and West make the murder investigation their top priority.
“Hornet’s Nest” will premiere as part of the TNT Mystery Movie Night, the network’s new film series adapted from contemporary crime novels.