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The Protocol: Reactivated

poster_001Remember The Protocol?

KM UK last brought you news on the project two and a half years ago when a new IMDb page and a small video clip surfaced.  OK, there was the frankly hilarious April Fools 2017 post about the film becoming part of the Marvel Universe.  That was good.

In fact it goes back to the summer of 2013 when it was filmed.  Initially it seemed to be a short film, and then a pilot for a TV series (which is why it ended up in the TV section of KM UK Gallery).

Today we received news, via the actor Xen Sams, that the movie will be screened at the New York Short Film Festival in just two weeks time.

The Protocol is one of the official selection for the NYSFF and is scheduled to be shown on November 3rd (a Sunday) in a slot starting at 6:30pm.  As with most short film festivals, groups of films are shown together in blocks, often themed in some way.  In this case, as things stand, The Protocol is only being shown alongside one other project, Switch.  This appears to be a web-based TV series but probably exists as a short as well.  Maybe there are showing a complete episode so it fills much of the 75-minute block.

nysff_banner_001The Brian A Miller directed short starring Max Ryan, Xen Sams, and Kathryn, always looked a little sci-fi but it has not been clear what the film is about.  In her announcement, Xen Sams described it as “filmed and created in effort to raise awareness for our nation’s ongoing mental health disorder.”  The tipped over glass of water in the poster (above) raises a few questions too.

If you are in New York in early November perhaps you could get to Cinema Village independent cinema in Greenwich Village to see The Protocol.  Tickets are available via the festival’s website HERE.  It is Short Block 7, 6:30pm, 3rd November.  Let us know what it was like.

Kathryn’s Kelly’s Hollywood

poster_001This one seems to have passed us all by, but it is worth a bit of digging to find the story behind it.

Brian Donovan was an actor (still is) looking to make it in Hollywood.  He had many small jobs across a wide range of TV (Wings, In Living Color, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, General Hospital, Beverly Hills 90210) and films (Gia, starring Angelina Jolie in an early role).  He met a lot of different people over this time.

Brian had a younger sister, Kelly, who was born with Down Syndrome.  The two of them were very close and as she grew up Kelly proved herself to be a real character and quite the performer, loving the spotlight.

Kelly’s health began to decline and Brian decided to try and make her Hollywood dreams come true.  To let her star shine.

The 2015 documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, is the film Brian made of their journey through this process and the effects it had on both of them.

Kelly was embraced by Hollywood with all sorts of people contributing to this project.  A red carpet style première was created, where Kelly turned up in a limousine and faced the paparazzi.  Kathryn, Danny Pino and John Finn also welcomed Kelly onto the set of Cold Case to do an interrogation scene with them.  In it Kelly was questioned as a suspect in a case involving her favourite actor Colin Firth (A King’s Speech).  Detectives Rush and Valens grilled her on her involvement.  This whole thing was improvised by them all, not every one could keep a straight face throughout (Kathryn!), and it took some dark turns.  Kathryn was also at the première event.

The documentary premièred in October 2014 and had a Los Angeles screening in the January of 2015.  Kathryn attended that ocassion, and her and Danny were at a live event where Kelly was on stage with her brother.  Danny was one of Kelly’s favourite men and he was great with her.

Sadly, Kelly passed away in 2009 but Brian continues to show the film at festivals around the world as part of campaigns to raise awareness of disabilities and that people should not be defined by them.  Kelly wasn’t going to let hers stop her enjoying life.  Brian continues his acting work, mostly doing voice work in Naruto anime games in films.

Kelly’s Holllywood was shown on the Showcase network and is now available on Amazon Video, free to Prime subscribers, in the UK and US.  I’ve posted a very small selection of not-so-great quality screencaps in the Gallery to give you an idea of Kathryn’s appearance in the film, and a couple of photos related to the première event.  There is a trailer and few videos out there if you want to see them.  Check out the full film if you can.

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Cheerleader Resurrected

doac_27As I started to put this post together the obvious subject line to use was ‘Resurrection Of A Cheerleader’.  It tied in very nicely with the Death Of A Cheerleader film title.  Turns out I thought it was a great title back in February when I first used it!  Mind like a sieve sometimes!

This news I recently found of the Lifetime channel in the US, broadcasting a remake of the 1994 movie sometimes called A Friend To Die For yesterday, should have been less of a surprise as I’d previously reported this same thing.  So often I post about the announcement of a project Kathryn is due to star in, following up some time later when it gets released or other news breaks on the subject.  I initially took my earlier article on this 2019 TV movie as a ‘in development’ item.  As I said, very forgetful.

Nope.  Turns out February was the début.  Not sure why some outlets are reporting the Labor Day weekend showing as a first.  It did form part of a cheerleader themed week of films (Denise Richards of Cougars, Inc. stars in one of them).  Some of of them were premières, so maybe that’s where the confusion lies.

Anyway, Kathryn got some mentions as a star in the 1994 film.  Sadly she didn’t make a return in this one, Kellie Martin (one of the teenagers before) did guest star as a police detective though.

If, for some reason, you want to see this remake then it is no doubt being shown often enough on Lifetime so you won’t have to wait long for it to come around again.  They’ll probably re-do it again in a few years.  Perhaps Kathryn can be persuaded to be in that one.

Sorry to have bothered you.

The original Death Of A Cheerleader was covered 8 years ago on KM UK HERE.

Resurrecting The Champ On US Blu-ray

rtc_314A quick reminder.

Two weeks later than we originally thought/reported, tomorrow (25th June) is the day that Resurrecting The Champ will be be released on Blu-ray.  This is in the US market.

You’d think it is was out for the count by now but it has come out punching.  See what I did there?  Getting all clever with the boxing references.

You can pick up a copy of the Rod Lurie’s movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Alan Alda, Teri Hatcher on Amazon US HERE.

The Dirt Full HD Screencaps

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Is it time to dish the dirt on The Dirt?

Not really.  I’ve not exactly watched the film and I’ve definitely not read the book it is based on, and my knowledge of Mötley Crüe is minimal.  I’ll leave the reviews to those better qualified than me.  Google will provide you with plenty if you want to read some.  I will say that the film has got very mixed reviews.  Did it go too far?  Did it not go far enough?  Is it a faithful recreation of the source material?  Is that biography actually accurate?  Does it matter?

Let us instead focus on the reason we’re here:  Kathryn Morris.

the_dirt_1080p_004As far I can find there was never any news chatter of Kathryn taking a role as the Deana Richards, mother of Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx (real name Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.), in this film.  It definitely took us by surprise.  The project has been in the planning since shortly after the book was released in 2001, with various directors and actors attached to it over the years.

the_dirt_1080p_010Kathryn essentially has three distinct scenes in the film.  She appears for the first time by the end of minute 3 as Nikki sets up his early days with an abusive father and an uncaring mother (above left).  Immediately jumping forward a few years, dad is gone and mother is looking for answers at the bottom of a bottle with which ever man she’s recently picked up (right).  Nikki is acting up with loud music, provoking an argument with Deana which results in the police being called.  The issue is resolved without an arrest but Nikki makes his attitude towards his mother very clear (below left).  That’s all before 7 minutes in.

the_dirt_1080p_099Our next sighting of Kathryn is just past the hour mark.  Nikki and the Crüe are rapidly heading towards (no pun intended) rock bottom.  Attempting to calm things down the group’s manager brings Deana to meet Nikki.  It doesn’t go well (top).  And that’s all she wrote.

So, we get Deana in three time periods, meaning we get Kathryn with three different looks and many different emotions.

There are now over 140 Full HD (1080p) screencaps from Kathryn’s scene are now in the KM UK Gallery.

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