Tag Archives: “Flying Lessons”

Christine Lahti Hopes ‘Flying Lessons’ Takes Off

Can Derek Magyar’s “Flying Lessons” become one of the little movies that make their presence known this Oscar season among the Filmland giants? Certainly Hal Holbrook’s performance as a man in the throes of Alzheimer’s is already garnering attention, as are those of Maggie Grace as a young woman forced to return home after she bottoms out via drugs and other reckless behavior – and Christine Lahti as the mother with whom she reluctantly reunites.

“I guess it’s par for the course for a lot of these indie films to take a long time to find distribution – if they find distribution,” notes Lahti, speaking of the intense drama that actually finished production in 2010, and is getting released nationally tomorrow (12/7). “So I’m very happy the film is actually going to be in theaters and have an audience.”

Lahti tells us that “Flying Lessons” marked a reunion for her and Holbrook. “I worked with Hal many years ago off-Broadway in Country Girl, so I knew him and even though we didn’t have any scenes together in this movie, I was so glad he was in it, because knew his presence would elevate it. I also liked the director, and the characters were really dark and interesting and dramatic,” she adds.

”The secret they share is sort of the undercurrent of everything — the denial, the avoidance of this trauma in their lives really fractures this relationship. They’re each grappling with a lot of loneliness, a lot of pain. There is a lot of desperation with my character that doesn’t help with healing the relationship with her daughter.”

Lahti has made a string of independent features over the past year or so – “Truck Stop” with Evan Peters and “Petunia” with Thora Birch and Brittany Snow, to name two — along with her recurring “Hawaii Five-O” role of mother to Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). The Oscar-winning (“Lieberman in Love”)filmmaker also has a road movie in preproduction that she wants to direct this coming spring.

Would the one-time “Chicago Hope”actress want to do another series? “I really like coming in and out of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ – it’s a great group of actors and a really fun and complex character. I don’t know if I’d want to be involved in a series for seven years at this point, but never say never,”she replies.

But right now, she has her sights set on stage work. She and her husband, esteemed TV director Thomas Schlamme, are dividing their time between coasts these days. “My kids went to college and I said, ‘Okay, it’s time to go back to New York. I’ve been wanting to move back to New York for 20 years. We sold our house in Brentwood and we’re renting. We don’t know how it’s going to turn out, where we’ll be spending most of our time, but being bicoastal right now is really fun. It’s the fulfillment of a long-time dream.”


Ashley Jones Was Moonlighting Literally When Shooting ‘True Blood’

ashley-jones-photographAshley Jones definitely took the term “moonlighting” to the maximum with her nine-episode recurring role on “True Blood” this season.  The actress known as Bridget Forrester to fans of CBS’s “Bold and the Beautiful” found herself doing night shooting into the wee hours on the hit HBO vampire drama, then “I’d have to be at ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ by 8:30.  That happened a half dozen to a dozen times.  There were times I didn’t sleep for 48 hours.”  However, “I loved every single minute of it,” says Ashley.

For one thing, “This character is so different form anything I’ve played before; she has a happy-go-lucky feel to her.  At the same time she’s very energetic, and really, there’s a sensuality to her that I’ve never played before,  It’s such a paradigm shift from my character on ‘Bold and the Beautiful,’ who is not the kind of girl to ever go skinny dipping.  This girl, down in Louisiana, skinny dipping, alligators and all, it’s a regular thing.  She’s not scared of life, she’s fearless and fun, a country girl with an East Texas-Louisiana accent, educated only as much as she has to be.”

Jones just wrapped “True Blood” this week, with “B and B” about to go dark on its summer hiatus.  “It gives people enough time to rejuvenate, to visit their families.  Or, in my case, the way I roll, it’s enough time to do another job, another side endeavor.”

HOTTER AND HOTTER:  Emilie de Ravin is in the big-screen “Public Enemies” and is filming the romantic drama “Remember Me” with “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson, but the blond beauty who rose to fame on “Lost” does expect to be back filming episodes of the series’ season 6 in August.  As fans know, her Claire Littleton character was in hiding during season 5.  “I have no idea where I’ve been,” she tells us.  “It will be fun going back.  It’s going to be great going back and seeing what they do with their last season.  It’s going to be so interesting to see how they tie everything up.”

INDUSTRY BITS:  Christine Lahti and Cary Elwes are set for the big-screen drama “Flying Lessons,” and now the question is, who’ll play the film’s 24-year-old lead character Sophie, who returns to her small town, the boyfriend she left behind, her mother – and her past.

Fans of fantasy football will probably not be too surprised to lean that a TV pilot about fantasy football is in the making.  Called “The League,” it’s described as a semi-improvisational half hour comedy about a group of pals who are fantasy football guys.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster