November 22 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter
Susan Sarandon has a number of films in production and also a television series titled "Feud", set to air in 2017. "Feud" is based on the volatile relationship between actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during Hollywood's Golden Age. The series has a stellar cast: Sarandon as Davis, Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland, and Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Season One is 8 episodes.
In my review of Sarandon's film "The Meddler, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, I talk about the importance of the international box office and how it limits the choices studios make. Producer Lynda Obst has written a book that explains the new reality of filmmaking titled "Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business". Obst discusses the disappearance of DVD revenue, the writer's strike of 2007-08, and the rise of China as a market for American film. If you want to understand why sequels and franchises dominate the studios' production schedules, Obst explains the economic reasons why.
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
The Meddler Film Review
Susan Sarandon plays Marnie Minervini, a warmhearted widow who decides to make an adult daughter living in Los Angeles her new hobby. Writer/director Lorene Scafaria scores with this life-affirming film based on her own experiences.
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