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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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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2019

tracie_thoms_001_430x180As the large television networks build up towards the autumn/fall season, and the big summer movie releases have become a vague shouty/crashy memory, things are a little quiet for September’s CCCC-up.  Thankfully one in particular helps fill the void.  You’ll never guess which of the other Cold Case cast members it is…

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) returned to the Fox network show 9-1-1 to reprise her occasional role in last Monday’s season opener.  My assumption in the previous CCCC-up was a little off, the tsunami that formed much of the footage isn’t due until episode 3.  They didn’t start with a splash after all.  It looks like Tracie could well be back again in episode four though.

Another show that started a new run last Monday was ABC’s The Good Doctor.  Having not seen it myself, The Good Doctor‘s premise of a young autistic savant surgeon looks a bit like a cross between (and this ages me!) Doogie Howser M.D. and House M.D.  The latter should be no surprise as both TGD and House are the creations of David Shore.  Tracie will be guest starring at some point during the show’s third season, possibly across several episodes, as she appeared briefly in a promo trailer for the show released earlier this month.  If what she says in it is anything to go by Tracie’s character will be dealing with another aspect of the law.  The video is a general teaser for the whole season.  Watch it on YouTube HERE.

The big news for John Finn (John Stillman in CC) this month has been release a couple of weeks ago of the Brad Pitt-lead space-based movie Ad Astra.  Generally speaking the film has been well received, with a few questioning the sometimes jarring shifts between epic outer-space battles and the inner-space introspection of Brad’s father issues.  Either way, the film is on course to make a profit, even if it was never going to be a mass-appeal blockbuster like a Toy Story 4 or The Lion King.

Stop, Start Continues

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The Start TV network has posted some additional items on their website referencing Kathryn.

The channel is very much focussed on women in and around the media.  All but one of the main shows they broadcast is female lead.  Only Early Edition starring Kyle Chandler (Catch-22) gets a look in, and he’s relegated to the appropriately middle of the night slots.  Cold Case gets televised back-to-back in mid-afternoon double.

First up is a brief article previewing a series of pieces celebrating women in TV ahead of the Emmy Awards, which happens on Sunday (22nd September).  After a quick recap of Kathryn’s career (so far) they link back to the interview we covered here back in July.  Not surprisingly that interview was not a complete transcript of the conversation which took place, and they have been holding bits back for use in these extra items.  It ends with this quote:

“I never really looked at Cold Case as an overnight success. I feel like I had 13, 14, 15 years of being an apprentice or a journeyman. I never underestimate the small steps in learning to become an actor.” After a pause, she added, “or learning how to do anything in life.”

Next is a much longer feature covering ten women, including Kathryn and Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC), that work in and around TV.  There are actors, producers and writers.

I assume that Start TV will continue to post pieces like these in the future and I will endeavour to highlight the ones involving Kathryn when they do.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2019

tracie_thoms_001_430x180August can be a limited month for showbiz news.  Lots of people are on holiday, the blockbuster movies have largely come and gone, and the TV series are well into production for the autumn/fall start.  We’ll do what we can though for our latest CCCC-up, covering careers of the other Cold Case cast members.

It has been a couple of months since we put Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) front and centre, in fact she didn’t even feature last month (I though hell had frozen over!), so we’ll put that right.

Panic over, emergency service cross-over show 9-1-1 is due to return on the Fox network on 23rd September 2019.  According to IMDb, Tracie is slated to be in the season 3 première.  Whether that is true or not we’ll no doubt find out closer to the time when official press releases are published.  Based on the promo video (watch it HERE) the panic is just starting and Tracie will need her armbands and rubber ring.  Get out of the water!  It’s amazing to think that just a few years ago a production like that first episode, with all the computer graphics etc. required, would have the preserve of a high-budget movie but can now be done on a television series.

We ended our June CCCC-up Tracie news talking about a rom-com movie called Straight Up.  The film had just premièred at the LGBTQ+ focused Frameline Festival and was heading to the Outfest event in July.  As said at the time, no further distribution had been arranged.  Early this month the new broke that Strand Releasing has acquired the rights to screen the film in US cinemas.  A somewhat vague ‘spring of next year’ is the currently expected time of a theatrical release for Straight Up.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) has been featured an unusually large amount in recent CCCC-ups as we head rapidly towards the mid-September release of the new Brad Pitt space epic Ad Astra.  The film had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival two days ago (29th August 2019).  There are a number of reviews of it out there already.  The main thrust of the appraisals I’ve skimmed through are that, for all its huge interstellar dramatics, this is really a small film about a man and his relationship with his father.  Talking of hugeness, the IMAX trailer for Ad Astra has been released and you can experience that immersive grandeur HERE on your non-IMAX mobilephone or laptop via YouTube!  Despite including additional footage compared to the previous trailers (see older CCCC-ups) John does not feature this time.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – July 2019

john_finn_001_430x180If you are bored of the English weather, just wait a short while and it will change.  We’ve gone from the hottest day on record to rain the likes of which even we don’t see very often.  We try to keep thing hot and pouring in the monthly CCCC-up news round-ups of Cold Case cast members (plus a few significant others) on-going careers.  Here is July 2019.

Let’s start with a bit of news/not news/maybe news.  I could have completely missed this previously but John Finn (John Stillman in CC) is being listed as a cast member of a TV movie called Republic Of Sarah.  It is quite common for pilots of possible TV shows to be listed as TV movies prior to the switch to series.  Occasionally the not picked up to series pilots are actually released as stand-alone TV movies.  The arc of this news appears to be a pilot for a new CBS series announced in March, various cast members ‘attached’ over the coming weeks, and filming taking place late March/early April.  Fast forward a month to mid-May and the announcement the network will not be moving forward.  Now I’m seeing some updates being made to the IMDb page this month.  We should probably assume that Republic Of Sarah is not going any further but it was worth noting it’s brief existence.  For completeness the show was about a town in New Hampshire discovering it has a valuable resource in its midst and declaring itself an independent nation as a result.  Jeffrey Paul King, writer/producer on Elementary, wrote Republic Of Sarah.  Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) was the lead, the titular Sarah Cooper.  James Lesure (Las Vegas), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), and Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted, any excuse to mention that show).  John is listed but doesn’t have a character name.  I’m tempted to suggest it was likely to be as Sarah’s father.

In definite John news, we have another trailer, the 3rd by my count but the 2nd to others, for the space epic Ad Astra.  Brad Pitt continues to star as the astronaut looking for his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones).  We get to briefly see and hear John in this one.  The Moon features a few times too, possibly as a nod to the recent anniversary of the first Moon landings.  Watch the latest trailer HERE on YouTube.

In ‘I dunno’ news, the same Comic-Con I haven’t referred to yet in this piece, saw a trailer shown for season 10 of The Walking Dead.  John starred in the previous run.  I don’t know if John’s character will return or even if he survived season 9.  There were some big casting upheavals for the show before the previous season, which will have had an impact on the audience figures, so they may have made further changes to try and get things back on track.  However, I don’t watch the show so am far from well placed to comment.  Feel free to educate me in the comments below.

As reported here last month, the second season of FX network’s Sons Of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C. is due to première on the 3rd of September.  At the recent Comic-Con in San Diego attendees were able to watch a sneak peak.  Just before that a promo trailer was released which shows Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) returning as Miguel Galindo.  He’s looking very sharp with his facial hair and suit.  Some may prefer he donned the biking leathers.  Each to their own.  You can see the trailer on YouTube HERE.

The September 2018 CCCC-up first mentioned that Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm was writing the small screen adaptation of Cristina Alger’s book The Banker’s Wife.  It was ‘optioned’ (meaning a contract was in place to turn it into a TV show or film) before the book was even published!  Impressive.  Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike was said to be starring and exec producing.  Also impressive.  In the past few days it has been announced the 8-part series has been ordered for production by Amazon Studios for it’s Prime Video service.  Rosamund is no longer involved, she has another Amazon show instead, but Homeland director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter will be directing all eight episodes.  This is a reunion of sorts as Meredith was, of course, a writer and producer on Homeland.  No word yet on Rosamund’s replacement as the star or the taker of the role as the other of two women search for answers after a plane crash.  Could the people behind Cold Case and Homeland think of two great female actors to lead such a project…?

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