Virginia Madsen

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21 Jun 2018

HIV PLUS Magazine: HIV Time Traveler

In her latest film, Virginia Madsen plays a mother whose closeted gay son comes home to let the family know he’s dying from AIDS complications.

The 1980s have enjoyed a recent surge in relevance, from the spectacle of Ready Player One to the nostalgia of Stranger Things. But the era remains one marked in sadness in the history of HIV, a time when the still-misunderstood virus claimed countless lives.

Actress Virginia Madsen launched to stardom in the mid-‘80s thanks to roles in Dune and Modern Girls, becoming one of Hollywood’s sexiest stars. Even as her fame rose, she was well aware of the growing tragedy. Now, as she promotes her new film, the nostalgic AIDS drama 1985, Madsen remembers the loss of life, telling press and film festival audiences about the deaths of close friends — and an uncle she never got to truly know.

“It was talked about in hushed tones,” she recalls. “People were trying to hide when they were terribly ill. If somebody developed a bad respiratory infection, people wanted to move away. Nobody knew anything. They wondered, could you get it from touching or from tears?”

Families, including her own, suffered irreparable ruptures. She recalls her uncle Chicky, who moved away from the family’s small Illinois community while Madsen was just a child.

“I didn’t know him well, but remember him as a little kid because he was extraordinarily beautiful,” Madsen says. “But he had to leave and move to San Francisco. I was robbed of knowing him because no one could accept who he was in our community.”

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15 Sep 2017

Official Red Band Trailer for “Better Watch Out”

The official red band trailer for “Better Watch Out” has landed. The movie will kickstart the season a bit early, in horror-friendly October. It’s a new horror/comedy from director Chris Peckover, making his feature-length debut. The story follows a babysitter who has to protect her 12-year old charge from home invaders. Little do they know, this home invasion quickly turns into a Home Alone meets The Strangers situation.

The film stars Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton. Recently the film made its UK premiere at the Horror Channel FrightFest in London, England, where they picked up the following awards:

Winner of Best Death Category – Paint Can – Total Film FrightFest Awards 2017
Winner of Best Actor Category – Levi Miller – Total Film FrightFest Awards 2017

Look for the film in the States this October 6th then in the UK on December 8th.

20 Jul 2017

“A Change of Heart” Trailer

Here’s finally the trailer for “A Change of Heart” directed by Kenny Ortega, produced by Emilio Estefan and starring Jim Belushi, Virginia Madsen, Gloria Estefan, Cody Horn and William Levy. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Hank (Jim Belushi) is man whose circumstances have driven him to fear diversity, yet his Central Florida town is adhering less and less to the white, straight profile with which he’s comfortable. After suffering a heart attack, Hank’s life is saved by a transplant—but will Hank’s body accept a donation from a Puerto Rican drag queen?

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