CHICAGO – Mention the name Harry Lennix, and images of his many character roles are bound to emerge – Harold Cooper in the TV series “The Blacklist,” General Swanwick from “Batman v Superman” and Commissioner Blades from Spike Lee’s recent “Chi-Raq.” The deeply knowledgeable Lennix brings his years of dramatic expertise, as he directs the Congo Square Theatre Company’s world premiere stage play “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red.’
Indies That Might Not Suck: ‘Opie Gets Laid,’ ‘Hollywood Jerome’
CHICAGO – Today’s post is dedicated to three small fries. While many of them never break through, the few who do can rock your world as much if not more than the big boys and girls in Hollywood. I like trying to sniff them out.
I recently received a note from a gentleman named James Ricardo. He suggested for me to put a watchful eye on the soon-to-be-released indie film “Opie Gets Laid”. It was previously titled “Sunnyvale”.
Once you know the new title, he says it’s an “actually funny” comedy with a plot that’s not hard to guess. The film is a dedication to “thanking god for women with low standards”.
I can already see how popular he’s going to be with the estrogen crowd. The men, on the other hand, may be taking copious notes. Here’s a clip from the film.
They’re offering complimentary Courvoisier and hors d’oeuvres at the invite-only benefit. As the film is in pre-production, its makers are hoping the benefit will produce admirers who dish out “significant monetary and in-kind contributions”.
I recently interviewed a 16-year-old screenwriter by the name of Sammy S. Scott.
Her publicist – and having one says something (unless it’s her mom) – is pitching her dramedy entitled “Perfect Payback” in the same vein as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Dazed & Confused”.
Scott, who is a strict vegan and a dedicated animal rights activist, penned the script at the age of 13. I detected hesitancy from her publicist to grant a phone interview as opposed to an e-mail correspondence.
We all have to learn the ropes.