Christina Ricci’s work of late seems to have the common thread of being period pieces, with her starring role in ABC’s Pan Am and a part starring alongside Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas in Bel Ami. With Pan Am grounded after one season, that should leave her schedule open for feature roles, among which will be a part in Mother’s Day.
From Welch writer/director Paul Duddridge, the film will look at the relationships between various mothers and daughters. According to Deadline, Ricci has been cast in the movie, joining Susan Sarandon and her real life daughter Eva Amurri Martino. At this point, it looks like that’s it for the announced cast, though it seems likely that we’ll hear of more casting soon enough. There’s no word on whether Ricci will be playing the mother-side or the daughter-side of a duo, assuming it’s one or the other (or both).
Mother’s Day is described as a drama, and seems to bear no relation to other recent “Day” movies (Valentine’s Day, New Years Day), with Duddridge’s past credits appearing to be focused mainly on television. But it looks like the movie is already having some success bringing in notable names. Sarandon’s recent work has her playing Joy in Showtime’s underrated drama series The Big C, and she has a number of movies in the works, including the feature adaptation of Cloud Atlas. Meanwhile, Ricci’s recent roles include Pan Am and Bel Ami, and she’s also set to lend her voice to the Smurfs sequel. It’ll be interesting to see who else joins Mother’s Day.
Amazon Studios is wanting to pick up “Pan Am” for another season. Read the article below for more details.
EXCLUSIVE: It’s been three months since ABC aired the last episode of Pan Am and almost two weeks since the network officially canceled the freshman series. But the 1960s drama is not dead, at least not yet. As I hinted in my story from two weeks ago, Pan Am producer Sony Pictures TV has been exploring a play on cable or other platforms. I have now learned that the studio has had conversations with Amazon about potentially picking up the show. (Amazon already carries Pan Am‘s first season.) Like its fellow streaming brethren Hulu and Netflix, Amazon, along with Microsoft’s Xbox, has been looking to enter the original programming space.
DirecTV entered the original series arena by picking up canceled broadcast series — NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages. Netflix is doing it too with a new season of Arrested Development. Picking up Pan Am would certainly put Amazon on the map, though it seems at odds with the company’s recently announced plans to focus on comedy and children’s programming produced by its newly launched Amazon Studios. Because it ran on ABC only for a brief time and because Amazon already airs Pan Am‘s produced episodes, the streaming service can embrace the series and brand it as its own. It would also complement Amazon’s upcoming comedy slate with a high-end drama the service likely can’t produce on its own just yet.
Sony TV has an incentive to keep Pan Am going. The series, which started off great on ABC before quickly losing traction, is a big international seller for the studio. It is particularly popular in Europe, recently winning the best series category at this year’s Rose d’Or awards, considered Europe’s top television honor. Pan Am is one of several cancelled series that have been shopped around. ABC’s Cougar Town has become a success story, making a leap to TBS, Netflix looked at Fox’s Terra Nova and ABC’s The River but ultimately passed, while CBS’ Unforgettable has been pitched to TNT and Lifetime.
It an ironic twist of fate, on the same day ABC renewed its first batch of series for next season, the network’s long-forgotten freshman Pam Am won the best series category at this year’s Rose d’Or awards, considered Europe’s top television honors. On this side of the pond Pan Am was not among the seven scripted series renewed by ABC today. It is unlikely to be among the second wave of the network’s renewals tomorrow either, though ABC has not officially passed on the series, which started off great but quickly lost traction with viewers.
Unless it has a change of heart, ABC is poised to officially cancel Pan Am, but that may not be the end of the period drama about the iconic U.S. airline. As evident by the Rose d’Or award, it enjoys strong popularity in Europe and has been a big international seller for producer Sony TV, which would love to see it continue. I hear there is a potential cable play eyed for the series if/when it is released by ABC. Unless European broadcasters swoop in and pick it up. If only they could afford it….
Fairies, skip hence! The Classic Stage Company production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci, begins previews on April 4. Tony Speciale directs the production, which will open on April 29 and run through May 20.
Joining Ricci as Hermia and Neuwirth as Hippolyta/Titania are Jordan Dean (Demetrius), Nick Gehlfuss (Lysander), David Greenspan (Flute/Fairy), Halley Wegryn Gross (Helena), Anthony Heald (Theseus/Oberon), Erin Hill (Starveling/Fairy), Chad Lindsey (Snout/Fairy), Taylor Mac (Egeus/Puck), James Patrick Nelson (Snug/Fairy), Steven Skybell (Bottom) and Rob Yang (Quince/Fairy).
Several stories interlock as the wedding day of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons approaches. Four young Athenian lovers steal away into the forest while six amateur actors prepare a play for the upcoming nuptials, and both stumble into the realm of the fairies.
The production will feature scenic design by Mark Wendland, costumes by Andrea Lauer and original music and sound design by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery. (Source)
The child actor who grew up in the glare of the cameras is a tricky interview, but it’s worth persevering with Christina Ricci, star of Bel Ami. Just watch out for her death stare
Certain words crop up again and again when it comes to Christina Ricci. The actress walked on to her first film set at the age of nine and has been described as dark, quirky, edgy, angsty, indie, alternative, and just plain weird pretty much ever since. For some, she is the female Johnny Depp, Hollywood’s It Goth Girl, the one who took over from Angelina Jolie when she crossed over to the light side. For others she is more like Marilyn Manson.
We don’t really like our child stars to grow up. Even though it’s been more than two decades since Ricci played Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, that pale-faced precocious child continues to haunt her at 32. So to us Ricci is still “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky” just like the theme tune promised. And it must get really boring when you’re expected to be a weirdo all the time. When Ricci was introduced on The Jonathan Ross Show last month and everyone started snapping their fingers and chanting the first verse of The Addams Family theme tune, she looked utterly unimpressed.
“I think sometimes I have a dark sense of humour, but who doesn’t these days?” she says when we meet in London. “And quirky? I feel like everybody is. Who is normal? What is normal? I feel like these catchphrases don’t mean anything.” Does it annoy her? “Personally I think it’s funny,” she replies, though, I note, without a twitch of a smile. “I make fun of it all the time. I joke about being a goth because any real goth would spit at me. Look at me. I’m really not goth. I like hearts and sparkles.” A stony silence ensues. Not for the first (or last) time I seem to have offended her. We move on. Continue reading “Scotsman.Com Interview with Christina”