Monday, 29 May 2017

Julia in "Howards End," Syfy's "Incorporated" Cancelled, "Rememory" & "Tour de Pharmacy"



I. Howards End Mini-Series

Julia Ormond has joined Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Tracey Ullman and Philippa Coulthard for a BBC/Starz four-part mini-series production of Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster . Yes. You heard that right. Julia Ormond - and - Hayley Atwell... in the same mini-series! You may recall that the novel was also adapted into a very popular 1992 Merchant-Ivory film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Filming has wrapped

Deadline describes the mini-series:

"Howards End tells the story of two couples caught in a swirling landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment. Kenneth Lonergan is penning the adaptation, directed by Hettie Macdonald.

It focuses on Margaret Schlegel (Atwell), an intelligent, idealistic, bohemian young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Ormond) dies unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Quinn), a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Eleazar). In the absence of their parents, who have died, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Lawther) on the straight and narrow."

II. Rememory, Julia's new SF drama, co-starring Peter Dinklage and the late Anton Yelchin premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. Entertainment Weekly has a plot description and clip from the film (featuring Dinklage):

Reviews by The Hollywood ReporterVariety and Birth.Movies.Death are linked.

III. Incorporated

The first season (10-episode) episodes of Syfy's INCORPORATE concluded to generally positive reviews. The author of this Vanity Fair article is clearly a fan!

No word yet on whether the series will be picked up for a second season but Bustle lists the reasons why it should be!


Wait -- what's that, you say? Oh... right. Incorporated been cancelled. ::sigh::

IV. Tour de Pharmacy, the star-studded HBO mockumentary about doping in the world of professional cycling, had its first trailer released. Considering its colossal cast I wonder if this will be a blink-or-you'll-miss-her role for Julia. That will probably apply to most of the actors credited in the trailer.  The movie premiers on July 8th.



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

"Incorporated" Premieres; "Rememory" To Debut At Sundance



Julia Ormond is celebrating a birthday! I'm sure all of her fans wish her a very happy birthday today. Incorporated is half-way through its first season and the reviews have been generally positive. It's certainly been my favorite project Ms. Ormond has been involved with in recent years. The SyFy Channel series is very much worth checking out if you haven't already.

I. Variety review: “Incorporated is an energetic and watchable science-fiction thriller that posits that a climate apocalypse will be followed by a swift division of survivors into haves and have-nots — all by the year 2074. Right now, that date feels like a somewhat optimistic estimate."

As you can imagine, Julia has been doing a lot of interviews and press for the show over the past few months. A very small sample can be found below:






II. Rememory will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th. The festival synopsis describes the film as follows:

"Famed scientific pioneer Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) is mysteriously found dead shortly after the unveiling of his latest and most groundbreaking achievement—a device that can extract, record, and play a person’s unfiltered memories. After his death, Gordon’s reclusive wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), recedes into her own private world until a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) knocks at her door, claiming to be a past acquaintance. With questionable motives, he steals the machine in an attempt to unravel his own personal demons, launching an exploration into a troublesome past filled with guilt, grief, and betrayal.

Through the glass of the mind’s eye, director/co-writer Mark Palansky steadily introduces pieces of an intricate puzzle that don’t always fit, leading us down a winding path where our human consciousness often defines reality. Rememory is a striking and uniquely stylized portrait of loss and recovery, reminding us that we are nothing more than the memories we keep."

III. Julia Ormond, in her role as the founder & president of ASSET (Advancing Systemic Solutions to End Enslavement and Trafficking), was involved in a lengthy discussion, which took place on November 15, 2016, entitled LET'S END HUMAN TRAFFICKING: MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN AMERICA:


Saturday, 30 July 2016

"Incorporated" Sneak Peek! New J.O. HBO Mockumentary"Tour de Pharmacy"!

The new SyFy channel drama Incorporated is almost here. The official web page and Twitter account ( @IncSyfy ) are chock full of intriguing goodies including this great sneak peek clip with Julia Ormond featured front and center. I already suspect that this will become one of my all-time favorite Julia performances. I love what I am seeing so far. Premiere is set for the Fall.




II. Julia will be appear in Andy Samberg HBO cycling mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy. The film will also star Orlando Bloom, Will Forte, Dolph Lundgren, John Cena, Daveed Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Mike Tyson and Nathan Fielder. The film is described as a follow-up to Samberg's tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell. You can read more about the project on ScreenCrush.

III. An interview with Hank Mann, the production designer on Rememory (release date Spring 2017). According to the article on EIN News

"Rememory revolves around Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) and Carolyn Dunn (Julia Ormand) as they try to get to the bottom of the mysterious death of Carolyn's husband, Gordon Dunn(Martin Donovan). An ingenious professor who was preparing to unveil an innovative new invention capable of recording and playing a person's memory, Dunn's invention may just hold the answers to his sudden death." 


I find it a fascinating window into the look and feel of the upcoming film. I'm really looking forward to this one. The late Anton Yelchin also stars.



Sunday, 12 June 2016

"Incorporated" Trailer is here! Peter Dinklage Wants Your Memories & Julia Speaks for the Coalition To Abolish Slavery and Trafficking!

The first trailer for the upcoming SyFy Channel series Incorporated (starring Sean Teale, Julia Ormond, Dennis Haysbert, and David Hewlett) is here. It looks extremely promising to me!

 

 II. Peter Dinklage and director Mark Palansky are asking for your memories. The film Rememory, as described by IndieWire "centers on Dinklage’s character, Sam Boom, who tries to solve the murder of an inventor who created a machine that extracts and records memories in their so-called purest state. Julia Ormond, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick and Martin Donovan will also star in the mystery thriller." Julia will play the deceased inventor's widow. On the official website, Dinklage and Palansky ask that you share videos that can be selected to be included in the actual film.

http://therememoryproject.com/

III. Julia Ormond appears in three harrowing advertisements for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST). More information can be found on the organization's web site, which is:

 http://www.castla.org/homepage

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Julia Ormond & Peter Dinklage in "Rememory"/"Incorporated" To Become a SyFy TV Series

Julia Ormond to star with Peter Dinklage in Rememory. Julia is set to play the widow of a scientist whose invention - a device that records people's memories - she uses to attempt to discover truth about his mysterious death. Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will reportedly play a friend who helps her on her search for the facts. Filming begins (or has begun) this month in Vancouver (no confirmation on whether or not Vancouver will be playing itself!)

http://deadline.com/2016/02/julia-ormond-star-rememory-peter-dinklage-mark-palansky-1201699876/

Entertainment Weekly has a few additional tidbits of information on the film:

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/10/taraji-p-henson-hidden-figures

The SyFy Channel has picked up the pilot of the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon produced "futurist thriller" Incorporated for a full season!  Earlier articles suggested that Julia would be playing the series lead. The below article suggests that might not be the case but more information should be forthcoming over the next few months.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/3/10908540/ben-affleck-and-matt-damons-new-show-gets-series-order-from-syfy

Ever wonder how Julia spent her Halloweens? She was kind enough to let us know on her twitter account. In one word: BRILLIANT!!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Julia in new TV pilot "Incorporated" & Plenteous Additional News



1. Julia Ormond is set to star in a pilot for Syfy entitled Incorporated. The show is being described as "an espionage thriller that takes place in a future in which companies have unlimited power. It tells the story of executive Ben Larson (Reign's Sean Teale), who must change his identity in order to infiltrate a cutthroat corporate world to save the woman he loves. In the process, he takes on the entire system — with deadly consequences." Incorporated is being produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/julia-ormond-joins-incorporated-812272

Syfy's official site offers even more detail about the show and the role that Julia will be playing: "Incorporated" takes place in a world run by global umbrella companies with absolute power, centering on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), an executive who must infiltrate a sinister corporate world to save his wife, Laura (Georgina Haig). Complicating matters is the fact that one of the corporation's power-hungry officers is his own mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Ormond)."

http://www.syfy.com/blog/julia-ormond-incorporated

Wow! Count me in. It's just a pilot right now, but, man, does this sound like must-watch TV! Here's hoping it gets picked up!

2. If you are still upset about the cancellation of Julia's last TV show then this may cheer you up (or just depress you further)! Bustle.com has an fun article (with tons of animated gifs!) on their top 8 Witches Of East End episodes, all of which can currently be revisited on Netflix.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/98268-8-witches-of-east-end-episodes-to-watch-on-netflix-those-nights-when-you-truly-miss

3.  Julia appeared in a brief CBS News clip about her visit with Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota and corporate leaders "to raise awareness about the use of international slave labor.... Ormond spent about two hours with the Gov. Dayton on Friday. She said she hopes Minnesota will follow the California law passed in 2010, requiring companies to disclose where the raw materials come from for their products. Gov. Dayton said tougher transparency laws are something he’d consider." The news clip and accompanying article are linked below:

 http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/07/26/hollywood-actress-hits-minnesota-to-talk-human-trafficking/

4. While in Minneapolis Julia was also at the Starkey Hearing Foundation So The World May Hear Gala



Also present were singers Katy Perry (who performed at the event) and Gene Simmons and former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The Starkey Hearing Foundation (home page: https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org ) is a charitable organization involved in providing hearing care to the underprivileged around the world.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Julia On The TV


The final episode of "Mad Men" (S7.E14 - "Person to Person") not only brought fans of the popular long-running series a satisfying conclusion to the show, but if you tuned in, you would also have seen Julia Ormond in her Emmy-nominated role of Marie Calvet for one last time. It was great to see. For those not yet ready to say goodbye to Julia on the TV - not to worry. "Witches of East End," Season 2, is finally being released on DVD on 7/7 as a 3 disc set. It will also become available on NetFlix on the same day. In additional news -

Julia was part of a lengthy panel discussion entitled "Transforming Global Supply Chains to Be Humane and Ethical" organized by the Milken Institute.



Julia Ormond was also a speaker at an event held in celebration of the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama - the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient - this past weekend at the Anaheim Honda Center in California.