An electronic ankle bracelet and being under house arrest aren’t about to stop up-and-coming actress Maggie Chase (Tanna Frederick) from the two things she craves the most: real fame and true love. With more “Google points” than her Iowa hometown, but far less than Angelina Jolie, Maggie is desperate to claw her way off the B-list of action/adventure pictures and into major movie stardom. With a team of handlers (Kelly DeSarla, Zack Norman, David Proval, Diane Salinger and Ron Vignone) to spin her recent drunk driving arrests into tabloid gold and bad-boy movie star boyfriend Dov Lambert (Christopher Rydell) on her arm, Maggie’s star is on the rise. Things get complicated when a trip home to meet Dov’s legendary family introduces Maggie to the world of Hollywood Royalty (Kathryn Crosby, Mary Crosby, Sabrina Jaglom, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher and Jack Heller) and to her boyfriend’s brother Aaron Lambert (Noah Wyle), the black sheep of the family, a failed writer who can actually see who Maggie really is behind her ingénue facade, but who has dark secrets of his own…
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Henry Jaglom is an auteur, one that has always made a profit on his quirky, low-budget, stream-of-consciousness pictures, often about loneliness and relationships. A scion of a wealthy Russian Jewish financier, he began his career in New York theater before moving to Los Angeles where he continued his affiliation with the Actors Studio and was signed as a contract player with Columbia-Screen Gems, working on series like Gidget and The Flying Nun (both starring Sally Field). His first foray behind the camera came during the Six Day War (Egypt vs. Israel) in 1967 when he shot a three-hour, 8mm, silent movie on the frontlines. The social gadfly in him had already cultivated friendships with such Hollywood personages as Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Sally Kellerman, the screenwriter Carol Eastman and producer Bert Schneider of BBS Productions who saw his movie and hired him to help edit Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider read more
I just found out that Henry Jaglom is speaking at Vidiot's Video Annex in Santa Monica tonight at 8:00. Address is 302 Pico Blvd. This is to commemorate the current theatrical release of "Queen of the Lot", the Criterion DVD release of his 1971 classic "A Safe Place", and the release of "Henry Jaglom Collection Volune 1: Love and Romance Collection", which includes "Venice/Venice", "Deja Vu" and "Always".
Queen of the Lot takes place three years after Dreams. Margie is well known for karate films and more dubiously for wearing an ankle braclet after two DUIs. Margie has not squandered her fame yet but… read review
Okay, so I watched the DVD with my new girl (Yay!). Yes, it’s a chick flick but it’s got some action and intrigue that makes it much more interesting than a regular chick flick. It’s also damn funny… read review