Friday, March 1, 2013

'Six Degrees of Vincent D'Onofrio'...Bonnie Franklin


Bonnie Franklin was born on January 6, 1944 in Santa Monica, California.  When she was 13 years old, her family moved to Beverly Hills where she attended high school.  After graduating high school, she attended Smith College and moved back to California to attend UCLA.  Her first appearance was on 'The Colgate Comedy Hour' at 9 years old and had a non-credited role in Alfred Hitchcock's film, 'The Wrong Man'.  Bonnie made her Broadway debut in 1970 in the musical, 'Applause', which earned her a Tony Award nomination.  Further performances followed including my home town of Pittsburgh in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'. She is most known for her TV series, 'One Day At A Time' in which she portrayed a divorced mother raising two daughters, played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips.  The series ran from 1975 to 1984.  She reunited with Bertinelli in 'Hot In Cleveland' last year.  On September 24, 2012, it was announced that Bonnie had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and undergoing treatment.  Today, Bonnie Franklin succumbed to her disease and passed away at 69 years old.  Find the connection!

''Sinister 2' in the works'

After the original movie earned $87M worldwide, Blumhouse Productions has decided to move forward with a sequel to the low-budget horrorSinister. Director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill will pen the screenplay for the follow-up, with Derrickson also serving as producer alongside Jason Blum. There's no word yet on who will be directing, or a possible release date.

Sinister starred Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who finds a cache of 8mm home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson and Vincent D’Onofrio all co-starred.

This news isn’t surprising but it is also very exciting. I really enjoyed the first Sinister and thought it was one of the best horror movies in years. A sequel isn’t something I was hoping for but with Derrickson and Cargill back as writers I’m all for Sinister 2

Sydney Lynch cast in her mother's next film, 'A Fall From Grace'

Sydney had a bit part in 'Chained' as one of the victims wrapped in a garbage bag and can be seen in the documentary on the filming of 'Boxing Helena' in 'Despite The Gods'.

'David Lynch to Appear in His Daughter Jennifer's Feature 'A Fall From Grace''

The indie will star Tim Roth as a homicide detective pursuing a serial killer.
David Lynch has agreed to take a role in his daughter Jennifer Lynch’s new feature A Fall From Grace.The stars Tim Roth as a St. Louis homicide detective on the trail of a serial killer. The elder Lynch will play the father of Roth’s character.
Paz Vega and Willow Shields also have joined the cast of the project, which includes Vincent D'Onofrio. The production is expected to begin filming in the summer.
Jennifer Lynch co-wrote the script with Eric Wilkinson, who will produce the indie project along with David Michaels, his partner in Apothecary Films. Jory Weitz, who is also a partner in Apothecary, will executive produce.
"I didn’t write the role with him in mind," she says, "but I was thinking of him because he calls up so many powerful and yet fragile elements in my life and because this character is strong but broken down by dementia. So for me, it’s perfect."
Facing the prospect of being directed by his daughter for the first time, David Lynch promised, "I will be putty in Jen’s hands."