Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bonnie Bedelia Hosts “Die Hard” Screening at 2018 Atlantic City Cinefest

Atlantic City Cinefest will honor Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Bedelia with the Lifesaver Award at the 11th annual film festival Oct. 12 to 14. Bedelia will also host a screening of “Die Hard” to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, where she played Holly Gennero McClane, Bruce Willis’ wife. She also appeared in “Die Hard 2.” The screening occurs Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Dante Hall, 14 N. Mississippi Ave.

Bedelia received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress for her role as drag racer Shirley Muldowney in “Heart Like a Wheel” and Emmy nominations for her performance in the children's special “Locked in Silence” and as Guest Actress in the series’ “Fallen Angels” episode, “The Quiet Room,” directed by Steven Soderbergh. In addition, she co-starred as Camille Braverman, the matriarch of the family in the television version of “Parenthood,” which ran for six years.

A native New Yorker, Bedelia made her professional debut as a child in a North Jersey Playhouse production of “Dr. Praetorius”, before nabbing a role as teen Sandy Porter in the New York-based daytime soap “Love of Life,” cast alongside Roy Scheider, Cicely Tyson and Christopher Reeve. During her stint on the soap, she appeared in several Broadway plays: “Isle of Children”, “Enter Laughing,” “The Playroom” and “My Sweet Charlie.” 
Bedelia also appeared on episodes of “The Defenders,” “Naked City” and “East Side / West Side” and studied with Uta Hagen and with The Actors Studio. She relocated to Los Angeles where her stage roles included “Richard III,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Seagull.”

Bedelia made her film debut in John Frankenheimer's “The Gypsy Moths,” followed by a stellar performance as a dirt-poor pregnant marathon dancer who pitches songs for pennies in Sydney Pollack's “They Shoot Horses, Don't They?” She spent much of the 70s doing TV, returning to the big screen for “Heart Like A Wheel.” She starred opposite Ed Harris and Max Von Sydow in Stephen King's “Needful Things,” opposite Keanu Reeves in “The Prince of Pennsylvania,” for which she received a Spirit Award nom and opposite Paul Newman in “Fat Man and Little Boy.” She chilled moviegoers as the deranged, murderous wife in Alan Pakula's “Presumed Innocent,” co-starring Harrison Ford.

The actress found a niche in numerous television films with relevant social themes such as “The Elizabeth Morgan Story” and “Any Mother's Son,” for which she received a CableACE nomination. She played a seductress in HBO's “Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture” and an adulterous presiding court judge in the Showtime thriller “Judicial Consent.”

For four seasons, Bedelia starred as Captain Kate McCafferty on the hit police drama “The Division,” and later in HBO’s “Big Love.” She just completed filming a thriller, “A Stone in the Water.”

Bedelia is the mother of two grown sons, and has been married for 25 years to the actor, Michael MacRae.

Tickets for Die Hard and other films in the Atlantic City Cinefest go on sale soon.

The Atlantic City Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Blanche Baker, Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and Brian O'Halloran during the first nine years. Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest shows movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University. www.Atlanticitycinefest.org 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2018

Wishing you a happy Labor Day from all of us here at the Daily Film Forum.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

"Pretty Outrageous" Teen Comedy Offers Sun, Sand, Music

 Pretty Outrageous, a new comedy from writer/director Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, is now available to rent or own on AmazonFandangoNOW and Cable On Demand. Featuring Isabella Blake-Thomas (ABC's Once Upon a Time; Nick.com's Game Shakers), Cameron Bright (Twilight), and Gabe Eggerling (Amazon's The Kicks) the film also stars Dan Richardson, who is known for Disney's The Lodge and as an animal spokesperson for the Born Free Foundation.

Filmed on location in Hermosa Beach, California, Pretty Outrageous tells the story of three talented teens (Scarlett Rayner, Ladybird Ward and Blake-Thomas) who enter a local competition to be the next big Girl Band. Enlisting a fourth band member, played by Jaime Adler (Anastasia; Damned) the girls are thwarted at every turn by bad luck, bad timing, bad neighbors and bad boyfriends, but get unexpected help from their crazy uncle Wayne (Richardson) and a moody but secretly silver-voiced sister (Georgia Hair).

Also appearing in the film are William Romeo (Henry Danger; American Gladiators), Jake Brennan (Netflix's Richie Rich) and Olivia Sanabia (Amazon's Just Add Magic).

Director Elizabeth Blake-Thomas's other features include The League of Legend KeepersMaybe I'm Fine and the upcoming Running on Empty.

Says Blake-Thomas, "I like making films my teenage daughter can watch and enjoy, films built on the premise that anything is possible. In Pretty Outrageous, the message is that, even when everything appears to be against you, you can make it happen."

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Producer David Barron Options Film & TV Rights to Behind the Throne, by K. B. Wagers

David Barron, a UK film producer known for his work on the Harry Potter movies, has optioned film & television rights to the acclaimed science-fiction novel Behind the Throne (Orbit, US & UK), by K. B. Wagers.

Behind the Throne begins K. B. Wager's action-packed science fiction adventure, with a heroine as rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey.

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself as one of the most fearsome gunrunners in the galaxy. But she can't escape her past forever: twenty years ago, she was a runaway princess of the Indranan Empire. But when Hail is dragged back to Indrana to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

"K. B. Wagers has created an extraordinary universe. Drawing upon a culture rich in diversity and combining it with a matriarchal society, her work could not be more relevant. I am very excited to working with this talented author!"

Behind the Throne is the first book in the Indranan War trilogy. It received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, which named it "One of the best books of 2017." Hail's adventures will continue in a second trilogy, also to be published by Orbit beginning in Fall 2018.

The deal was done via the author's agent, Andrew Zack, of The Zack Company, Inc. Attorneys on the deal were Robert M. Szymanski of Eclipse Law Firm in Los Angeles and Billy Hinshelwood of Wiggin LLP in London.

About The Zack Company, Inc.
The Zack Company, Inc., is a full-service literary agency representing authors of commercial fiction and nonfiction. For more information, please visit www.zackcompany.com.

About David Barron
David Barron has worked as a producer on multiple blockbuster films, including six in the Harry Potter franchise, The Legend of TarzanCinderella, and the forthcoming Mowgli. He got his start in the industry working on such renowned films as The French Lieutenant's WomanThe Killing FieldsThe Princess Bride, and Kenneth Branaugh's Hamlet.

About Orbit
Orbit is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group in the US and the Little, Brown Group in the UK.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Her Side of The Bed" rolls out as Summer Hill releases the sexy romantic drama in North America on DVD and VOD!

Her Side of the Bed tells the story of Rachel, a recently dumped 20-something writer, who is guided by her best friend, Nicole, in overcoming her heartbreak. The free-spirited Nicole takes Rachel under her wing, re-training her in the ways of letting loose the only ways Nicole knows how: drinking, drugs and dudes. After an intense evening, Rachel and Nicole find themselves in bed together, crossing the lines from friendship to something more. The two best friends, once thick as thieves, find themselves drifting apart as this one-night changes them both profoundly and in very different ways. Can their friendship be saved?

The film stars the actress and writer, Chelsea Morganwho is known as Debby Langford in the 2012 show, 'Love On-The-Line' and 2018's 'Personal Space' as Kelly Schreckengost. The film also stars, Tim Russ, known for 'Star Trek Voyager' (2001), and the `NCIS: New Orleans (2018), and Nadya Ginsburg, known for `2 Broke Girls'.

Written and directed by, Bryn Woznicki, who also stars as Nicole. Bryn has been directing films since 2009. She's been at the helm of dozens of projects, taking home awards from the LA Webfest, the Accolade Competition and the SMC Film Festival. "Just Desserts", a short film she wrote, directed and produced, was screened in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

"`HER SIDE OF THE BED,' is an exceptional addition to our release slate," says Summer Hill Films President, Ted Chalmers, "Chelsea and Bryn give realistic, entertaining and moving performances dealing with love and friendship on a whole new modern level."

"This film stars real women in their beautiful, imperfect glory," says Woznicki, "I am proud to share this story of humor, romance and pain on the road to self-discovery."

'Her Side of the Bed,' is now available now in North America on VOD from Amazon, Google Play, and Xbox coming soon. The DVD will be released on August 28, 2018 by Fox Hollow Features.  It will also be available on Amazon UK and internationally licensed through Summer Hill Entertainment which attends all the major film sales markets including EFM, Marché du Film, AFM and Hong Kong Filmart!