•• Fall is the time when the big Hollywood studios trot out their Oscar-bait movies, which means many good films are on the way to the multiplexes. But the bounty of good entertainment doesn’t end there.
Small venues throughout the state are planning fun, eclectic lineups of foreign, classic and independent films. Also, there are plenty of film festivals coming this way for all kinds of tastes: Spanish-language films, Irish films, LGBT-themed films, short films. And don’t forget the super-popular Met Live in HD opera series.
Sandra Oh, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti star in #Sideways to be featured at a dinner-and-film on Oct. 22 at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s in Connecticut. More info: http://www.thewadsworth.org
•• A film shot in Calgary last year with breakout star Jacob Tremblay will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Burn Your Maps, which also stars Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas, Virginia Madsen and Suraj Sharma, was shot in downtown Calgary and Kananaskis Country, which subbed in for Mongolia, last summer. Directed by Jordan Roberts and adapted from Robyn Joy Leff’s short story, it tells the story of a boy named Wes who comes to believe he is a Mongolian goat-herder. Tremblay, 9, plays Wes.
Burn Your Maps was announced as part of the TIFF lineup on Tuesday. Festival organizers announced new additions to the gala and special presentation slate, including Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner’s Wakefield, about a man who hides from his family in his garage attic after suffering a nervous breakdown. The festival runs Sept. 8 to 18.
•• Actress Virginia Madsen has been tapped for a major recurring role on Designated Survivor, ABC’s upcoming drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.
Created by David Guggenheim, Designated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower-level cabinet member who, as a “designated survivor”, unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington during the State of the Union. VirginiaMadsen will play Kimble Hookstraten, the “other” Designated Survivor during the State of the Union address — but for the rival political party. A sharply intelligent and politically astute conservative Congresswoman, she makes it clear that, in the aftermath of the Capitol attack, she supports President Kirkman’s (Sutherland) authority as the country’s new Commander in Chief, until her true agenda is revealed and she emerges as his chief political rival.
Virginia Madsen recently wrapped production on CBS’ new summer series American Gothic. She also will be returning to CBS’ Elementary for a guest stint, reprising her role as Paige, Captain Thomas Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) girlfriend. Virginia Madsen is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Guggenheim executive produces Designated Survivor with Simon Kinberg, Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the pilot and Jon Feldman serves as showrunner on the series. Entertainment One, which is backing the Mark Gordon Co., is handling international rights. At MGC, the series is overseen by Jacqueline Sacerio.