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On Set With Winona

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012

The following article, originally published in the Winona Fanzine UK, was written by a fan who describes how he landed a part as a crowd extra in the opera scene for The Age of Innocence.


In early 1992, I heard that The Age of Innocence, then entering production, would be filming on location in New York and Philadelphia (my home). I was alert to the possibility of trying out as an extra, and the local newspaper entertainment section finally mentioned that there would be an open casting call at a downtown hotel. As I was “between jobs” at the time, I was available to give it a shot.

Extra casting doesn’t really involve an audition. They’re really just seeking people with the appropriate look. In this case, they were somewhat frustrated, in that the 1870s opera audience they sought to fill would ideally be made up of middle-aged to older people…i.e, the sort least likely to take two or three working days off to “go be in a show”. I think I owe my good fortune at being selected to the fact that I was more “conventional” looking than many of the hip young “actor” types who showed up. I was one of about 100 people who were lined up as extras in advance and fitted for costumes. Ultimately they “shanghaied” about 200-300 more people during the two days of shooting and dressed them in rented tuxes or plain dresses to fill out the background. Even then, they resorted to cardboard cut-outs placed in the Academy of Music seats to make the place look full.

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TMC has announced their guest hosts for September,

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011

and Winona is included!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced the guests who will host the network’s primetime lineupin September, while TCM host Robert Osborne is on a short break.

Winona Ryder, whose film career includes Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Oscar® nominations for The Age of Innocence and Little Women, will serve as guest host the week of Sept. 19. Ryder, a passionate cinephile with a vast and extensive film knowledge, will also be on TCM in December as a Guest Programmer, introducing a night of her favorite movies.


RIP Glenn Shadix

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010

Glenn Shadix, 58, best known for playing interior designer Otho in the movie Beetlejuice (1988), died Tuesday morning in Birmingham, Ala., according to a statement posted by the actor’s family on his official website. Shadix, who was in a wheelchair due to mobility problems, reportedly died after falling and hitting his head in his kitchen, the actor’s sister told The Birmingham News. Director Tim Burton cast Shadix in Beetlejuice after seeing him portray Gertrude Stein in a Los Angeles play. Shadix would work with Burton again on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Planet of the Apes (2001). Shadix also did voice work for the animated show Teen Titans, and guest starred in such shows as Carnivàle and Seinfeld (as Jerry’s landlord). A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 11 in Birmingham.

Michael Lehmann To Attend Screening Of “Heathers”

Thursday, Aug 26, 2010

Michael Lehmann, one of True Blood’s premiere directors will be at the screening of one of his films, “Heathers” at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA on Friday night, August 27.

Michael Lehmann directed Heathers in 1988 and it was written by Daniel Waters, who will also attend the screening. The film became a cult classic, with high rentals and sales business. In 2006, it was ranked #5 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “50 Best High School Movies” and in 2008, it was ranked #412 on Empire’s list of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. Heathers brought director Michael Lehmann and producer Denise Di Novi the 1990 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Daniel Waters also gained recognition for his screenplay, which won a 1990 Edgar Award.

There will be a discussion following the film with director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters.

To Buy Tickets click here.

The event will be held:
Friday · 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave at 14th St
Santa Monica, CA


Winona Ryder: The Biography

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I got an email this week from Nigel Goodall, he’s author of “Winona Ryder: The Biography” which was the first British biography of Winona to be published in paperback in 1998. If you don’t know, this book is source for several major TV documentaries transmitted in the UK, USA and Canada.

“The book reads as though it is an authorised biography written with Ryder’s co-operation. By liberally using quotes from other sources, Goodall makes the book read as through he interviewed the actress, who comes across as an intelligent, talented and sensitive young woman.”
– Chris Samson, Petaluma Argus-Courier

Well, he wrote me to tell that now this book is now available form iTunes, Omnilit and as an ebook in various formats.

Also, be sure to join at the Facebook group done for the ebook, here.

Actor Corey Haim Is Dead at 38

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010

I think everyone remember “Lucas”, that cute 1986 movie starring Winona, Charlie Sheen and… Corey Haim.
The ‘poster guy’ (9 between 10 teenagers at 80’s had his posters on the wall), star of “The Lost Boys” (one of my favorite movies all time!) was found dead this morning, after an accidental overdose. He was 38.
My condolences to family and friends.