Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Joe Mantegna will produce the authorized docu tribute "Live Forever, the Ray Bradbury Odyssey."

By AJ Marechal

Writer-director Michael O'Kelly and Joe Mantegna have teamed up for the authorized docu tribute "Live Forever, the Ray Bradbury Odyssey." Mantegna's company, Acquaviva Prods., will co-produce.

Doc chronicles the sci-fi scribe's life, including his work with Hugh Hefner and Walt and Roy Disney, and explores his views on space, mankind and death.

                                                      Ray Bradbury

Pic will feature animation and special f/x by Christopher "Moonlight" Cooksey while Mantegna provides narration. Notables who pay tribute to the author in "Live Forever" include thesps Dennis Franz, Malcolm McDowell and explorer-film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau.

"Live Forever" has been three years in the making. O'Kelly and Bradbury plotted the bio years ago, and Bradbury continued to pursue the passion project in spite of his failing health.

"This film will be the fireworks at the end of my life," Bradbury had said.

The 90-minute doc is being aimed for a theatrical release in December, though a distrib has yet to be set.

Producers also plan to do an extended cut to be aired as four hourlong TV specials. Talks with the Discovery Channel and Science are under way.

sOURCE: Variety

Presentation of Criminal Minds new cast member Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn is an American actress best known for her roles as Dr. Beth Garner in the film Basic Instinct and as Barb Henrickson in the HBO series Big Love.


Jeanne Tripplehorn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with the 60s pop group Gary Lewis & the Playboys. After her parents divorced when she was two, Tripplehorn and her younger brother went to live with their mom and grandmother. Always hamming it up when she was a child, it was no surprise that the wise-cracking 13 years old submitted several comedy sketches to Saturday Night Live but was politely rejected.
She graduated from Edison High School in 1981, having compatibilized her studies with broadcasting a radio comedy show on KMOD-FM and later with her own local television show called Creature Feature during her senior year, while at the same time, performing in standard plays like A Christmas Carol.

She spent one semester studying at the University of Tulsa, only to move to New York City to attend the Drama Division of The Julliard School at Lincoln Center as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), all the while making her way as an artist's model and voiceover artist for radio commercials.

After leaving Julliard, Tripplehorn made her professional New York stage debut starring in a Public Theater production of The Big Funk (1990), by John Patrick Shanley. In short order, she made her onscreen debut with a supporting role in the made-for-television movie, The Perfect Tribute, a fictionalized retelling of the events leading up to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. She would receive a major boost to her career when she landed a prominent supporting role in the notorious thriller, Basic Instinct, playing a police psychiatrist who has an affair with a troubled police detective while he simultaneously falls for a sexually aggressive mystery writer under investigation for murder.

Meanwhile, thanks to her on-again, off-again romantic entanglement with the still aspiring Ben Stiller, she made appearances on the comedian's self-named sketch comedy series, The Ben Stiller Show. It was during this time that Tripplehorn suffered an unexpected tragedy when her mother, with whom she was very close, suddenly died from an aneurysm at age 48.

Finally being able to go back to work, Tripplehorn had a supporting role in the Gen-X romantic comedy The Night We Never Met before she upped her profile as the supportive young lawyer's, who work for a crrupt firm, wife in The Firm. Tripplehorn then suffered through the long, agonizing shoot for Waterworld, the notoriously derided, post-apocalyptic adventure in which she bravely co-starred as the wife of Costner's character.

That movie send her back on the stage, where she again performed in Chekhov's Three Sisters on Broadway, even though she continued appearing regularly onscreen, including the derided black comedy Very Bad Things, on the shoot of which she met actor Leland Orser, whom she later married in 2000.

Tripplehorn chose to perform in low-budget indies during the first years of the 21th century, and cable TV shows. This decision will lead her to perhaps her most widely recognized project, as she starred in Big Love, a series about a home improvement store owner's battle with modern-day polygamy and a fundamentalist leader trying to extort money by using the fear of God, where she was the oldest and more intelligent of his three wives, running the household while battling against her "sisters" over power, seniority and their husband's sexual attention. Also on the small screen, she delivered an excellent supporting performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in the critically lauded Grey Gardens, which depicted the lives of her eccentric aunt, Big Edie, and first cousin, Little Edie. The role earned her a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
In 2012, after having played several guest characters in different TV shows, she was selected to join the team of profilers on the successful series Criminal Minds when Paget Brewster's departure left an opening on it.


  • Criminal Minds - ## episodes (2012 - present) - TBA
  • New Girl - Tomatoes and Kids (2012) TV episodes - Ouli
  • Five (2011) - Pearl
  • Big Love 53 episodes (2006-2011) TV episodes - Barb Henrickson
  • Morning (2010) - Alice
  • Crazy on the Outside (2010) - Angela Papadopolous
  • Grey Gardens (2009) - Jacqueline 'Jackie O.' Kennedy Onassis
  • Fragments (2008) - Doris Hagen
  • The Trap (2007) Short film - Maggie
  • Big Love: In the Beginning (2007) - Moving Day and Post-Partum (2007) TV episodes - Barb Henrickson
  • The Amateurs (2005) - Thelma
  • Word of Honor (2003) - Maj. Karen Harper
  • Frasier - Trophy Girlfriend (2003) - Chelsea
  • Swept Away (2002) - Marina
  • Brother's Keeper (2002) - Lucinda Pond
  • Relative Values (2000) - Miranda Frayle / Freda Birch
  • Paranoid (2000) - Rachel
  • Timecode (2000) - Lauren Hathaway
  • Steal This Movie (2000) - Johanna Lawrenson
  • Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) - Gina Vitale
  • Very Bad Things (1998) - Lois Berkow
  • Sliding Doors (1998) - Lydia
  • Monument Ave. (1998) - Annie
  • Office Killer (1997) - Norah Reed
  • 'Til There Was You (1997) - Gwen Moss
  • Old Man (1997) - Addie Rebecca Brice
  • Mr. Show with Bob and David - The Biggest Failure in Broadway History (1996) TV episodes - Stone Throwing Singer in 'Jeepers Creepers'
  • Waterworld (1995) - Helen
  • Reality Bites (1994) - Cheryl Goode (uncredited)
  • The Firm (1993) - Abby McDeere
  • The Night We Never Met (1993) - Pastel
  • The Ben Stiller Show - Pilot, With James Doohan and With Rob Morrow (1992) TV episodes - The Wilson Woman / Goo
  • Basic Instinct (1992) - Dr. Beth Garner
  • The Perfect Tribute (1991) - Julia


  • Used to be a DJ in Tulsa, Oklahoma and following too her father tradition, her younger brother is a drummer/rock musician.
  • Replaced Robin Wright as Abby McDeere in The Firm (1993) with Tom Cruise.
  • She was originally cast as Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994), but had to turn down the role.
  • Was the original choice for the female lead in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Prior to leaving for the UK to begin filming, stopped off in Texas to see her mother. As her mother was walking towards Jeanne to greet her, her mother collapsed and died instantly.
  • She's a spokesperson for the World Monuments Fund since 2009.

Information: courtesy of Criminal Minds Wiki

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Interview with Matthew Gray Gubler from Me In My Place

Interview by Falene Nurse

He’s most recognized as Dr. Spencer Reid on “Criminal Minds,” the voice of Simon (one of The Chipmunks) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s shaggy-haired pal  in “500 Days Of Summer.” For a while there he was a top male model, before that he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts—where he majored in film directing. So what goes on inside the nerdy-noggin of an artist-cum-model-cum-actor-cum-director? Have you seen his site? Well this, amongst other things. So as you can imagine I was thrilled it was a phone interview because a) I’m incredibly lazy and b) I’m pretty sure in person he would out “Beckham” me (that’s when the male tends to be prettier than the female). Which I could really do without first thing on a Monday morning. What transpired was a fascinating interview about mice penises, human ridicule and Mr Gray Gubler’s genuine enjoyment of both Bauhaus and the Mary Poppins’ soundtrack. There was lots to discuss, which I tended to do (as always) through a list of random questions, which seemed well suited to his train of thought. Matthew is an authentic eccentric, which is gradually revealed as he shares his observations of the world with you. His is an enthusiasm usually reserved to ecstatic puppies or childhood escapades, he wouldn’t seem misplaced in The Famous Five or any other Enid Blyton adventure. What most of us unfortunately lose along the way, this 32 year actor/director has managed to maintain—and if you speak to him you can’t help but go along for the ride. It started withsomeone wailing “HELLLLOOOOO!!!” down the phone. That someone was Matthew.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Joe Mantegna will co-star in Raging Bull 2

It's actually happening. Production has just started on "Raging Bull II," which will be both a prequel and a sequel, since it will take place before and after Martin Scorsese's version. Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness) is directing.

William Forsythe stars as an older Jake La Motta, the character Robert De Niro played in the original film. Newcomer Mojean Aria will be the younger La Motta. The film co-stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, and Bill Bellamy.

Scorsese, who's not involved with "Raging Bull II," recently commented on the new film, stating: "At the end of 'Raging Bull,' [Jake La Motta is] looking in a mirror and he's at comfort with himself. He's not fighting, he's not beating himself up. That's all. So, I don't know where they're going to go. I really don't know what 'Raging Bull II' would be."

Source: Variety