Category Archives: Sophie von Haselberg

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hulaween 2018 – Bette and Sophie

Hulaween 2018 - Bette and Sophie
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sophie Von Haselberg To Attend The 14TH Annual LA FEMME International Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Sophie Von Haselberg Will Be Representing The Movie ‘Ask For Jane’ Tonight, Oct. 11

Sophie Von Haselberg Will Be Representing The Movie 'Ask For Jane'

WHAT:  The 14th Annual La Femme International Film Festival closing night ceremony will host a Red Carpet & Awards Ceremony on October 14, 2018. The evening will begin with award nominees, our honorees and celebrities walking the red carpet and culminate in an after party following the ceremony. Our evening sponsors will include: Food Perfected Catering with a hosted bar. Premier Acapella an all-female singing group, will perform at the ceremony and Jill-Michele Meleán (MadTV) is the comedian Master of Ceremonies. Read More

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

‘American Princess’: Matt Peters, Lucas Hazlett, Sophie Von Haselberg Among 10 Cast As Recurring Roles On Lifetime Series

‘American Princess’: Matt Peters, Lucas Hazlett, Sophie Von Haselberg Among 10 Cast As Recurring Roles On Lifetime Series
by Denise Petski
July 24, 2018 9:15am

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Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama American Princess has rounded out its recurring cast, adding Matt Peters (Orange Is the New Black), Lucas Hazlett (Life in Pieces, Wrecked), Lex King (Troy: Fall of a City), Steve Agee (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, New Girl), Kitana Turnbull (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Mike Lane(Nobodies), Juan Alfonso (Young & Hungry), Sophie Von Haselberg(American Crime Story, House of Cards), Sas Goldberg (Ocean’s Eight) and Patrick Gallagher (Siren). They join previously announced series lead Georgia Flood, Lucas Neff, Seana Kofoed, Rory O’Malley and Mary Hollis Inboden in the series from Jenji Kohen, Jamie Denbo and Tara Hermann.

Created, written and executive produced by Denbo (Ronna & Beverly), American Princess follows Amanda (Flood), an Upper East Side socialite who runs away from her own dream wedding when she realizes that the life she thought she wanted, wasn’t actually right after all. When she stumbles upon a Renaissance Faire, she experiences an unexpected awakening, leading her to leave everything she thought she cared about behind. While at the Faire, Amanda quickly develops new friendships, rivalries and romance that opens her eyes to new beginnings.

The 10-episode series is co-produced by A+E Studios and Global Road Entertainment.

Peters, Hazlett

Courtesy of A+E Studios
King, Agee

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Turnbull, Lane

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Alfonso, Von Haselberg

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Goldberg, Gallagher

Courtesy of A+E Studios

Peters will play Shart O’belly, a Ren Faire actor and one of David’s hilarious sidekicks performing in the mud pit.

Hazlett is Stick, a Ren Faire actor and David’s other sidekick performing in the mud pit.

King will portray Callie, David’s faire girlfriend. An ethereal beauty, super aloof and into holistic healing. She basically brushes horses for a living and intimidates Amanda just by being her blasé, confident self.

Agee is Lee, the put-upon manager of the Royal Renaissance Festival. A grumpy guy in middle management, with his hard-partying years long behind him, Lee spends most of his time keeping the place running and getting by with the bare minimum.

Turnbull portrays Breeze, a smart, self-aware and well-spoken teenager going through teenage issues all while being raised on the Renaissance Faire circuit.

Lane is Bo, a nerdy Ren Faire enthusiast who doesn’t work there, but goes every weekend with his girlfriend. They dress in full garb and are both very committed to Ren Faire-speak with non-existent English accents.

Alfonso plays Juan Andres, aka ‘Faire Bear,’ who sells cast iron mugs at the Ren Faire and teases passing patrons all day. A classic film buff in his down time, he shows a romantic interest in an unlikely Faire compatriot.

Von Haselberg will portray Natasha, a proprietor of one of the Royal Renaissance Festival food booths. She is also in an unconventional but committed relationship at the Faire and shows Amanda how fun life on the circuit can be.

Goldberg is Erin Klein-Fagel, Amanda’s older sister who has a husband, two kids and a very typical Upper East Side life full of nannies and private Pilates classes. She is concerned that Amanda is having a mental breakdown, but also slightly envious of her freedom.

Gallagher portrays Friar Woodruff, the ‘Friar’ at the Royal Renaissance Festival who is always ready to lend an ear or a swig of his famous homemade Devil’s scotch.

Kohan (Orange is the New Black, GLOW), Herrmann, (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) and Mark Burley (Orange is the New Black, GLOW) also executive produce.

Peters is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and APA. Hazlett is repped by 3 Arts, CAA and Josh Sandler. King is repped by TalentWorks, Denton Brierley in the UK and Generate. Agee is repped by AKA Talent Agency and Generate.

Turnbull is repped by Osbrink and Matt Sherman Management. Lane is repped by 3 Arts, APA and Melissa Fox. Alfonso is repped by Maria Chaidez of Nancy Chaidez Agency and Joseph DiTomo of Curtis Talent Management.

Von Haselberg is repped by Barry McPherson of APA, Meg Mortimer of Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Jordan Manekin, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, P.C. Goldberg is repped by ise Management, CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Gallagher is repped by AKA Talent Agency and Vanguard Management Group.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Sophie Von Haselberg Was On ‘ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE’ Again This Week (Spoilers In Article)

BY ANNA MENTA ON 2/14/18 AT 10:00 PM

After two weeks without a glimpse of its title character, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace finally gets back to the famed Italian designer. Episode five, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” written by Tom Rob Smith and directed by Dan Minahan, opens on his decision to publicly come out as a gay man.

It’s a brief interlude. The episode quickly returns to the story of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, as played by Darren Criss.

Here’s what Wednesday night’s episode got right and wrong.

Gianni Versace’s Coming Out 

In the opening scene, Versace (played by Édgar Ramírez) informs his sister Donatella (Penélope Cruz) of his plan to come out publicly, via an interview with the Advocate, an LGBT-interest magazine. This is based on fact: The real 1995 interview was a huge deal for the gay community. American Crime Story showrunner Ryan Murphy, who is openly gay, told Vice the article inspired him when he was younger.

“I remember being so proud and excited when he did that [coming out] interview in The Advocate because at the time there wasn’t really a lot of people who were brave enough to live their life in the open,” Murphy said. “So for me, I had a great passion for it, and I was very emotional shooting it.” (You can read an excerpt of Brendan Lemon’s Advocate article, archived on Questia.)

ACSversace-Ep305_ScDay-Ray_0734Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in ‘American Crime Story.’RAY MICKSHAW/FX

In the episode, Donatella disapproves of her brother’s decision. She accuses his boyfriend of 15 years, Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin) of seeking fame. It’s true that the real Donatella disliked D’Amico—so much so that she pushed him out of the company after her brother died.

In an interview with Advocate, Deborah Ball, who spoke to D’Amico for her 2010 book, House of Versace, said, “[D’Amico] was pushed out of the family because he never got along with Donatella when Gianni was alive. He says he doesn’t know exactly why Donatella froze him out.”

The show has suggested that Donatella disliked D’Amico because of his promiscuous behavior, and for operating as a sort of pimp for her brother. But her only public remarks about him, in a 1999 The New York Times interview, were not specific. “My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive. I respected him as the boyfriend of my brother, but I never liked him as a person. So the relationship stayed the same.”

american crime storyÉdgar Ramírez (right) as Gianni Versace and Ricky Martin (left) as Versace’s longtime partner, Antonio D’Amico on ‘American Crime Story.’JEFF DALY/FX

The real D’Amico denounced American Crime Story‘s suggestion that before the Advocate interview, Versace was hiding his relationship. In June, Martin spoke to Entertainment Weekly about a scene in which Versace doesn’t want D’Amico to touch him in public. Later, the real D’Amico told The Guardian that scene painted a false picture. “We lived like a natural couple, there was never a problem,” he said. “It was the right moment for him to come out in public, but everyone involved in our world knew. He never tried to hide who he was.”

Incidentally, the line D’Amico is referring to—which would have been in Episode 2, “Manhunt”—did not make the show’s final cut.

Jeffrey Trail’s Minneapolis Life

Last week’s episode opened with the murder of 28-year-old Jeffrey Trail, beaten to death by his friend Cunanan. Episode five provides context for that first murder, one of five in Cunanan’s killing spree.

Trail had recently moved to Minnesota when Cunanan paid him a visit in April 1997. As we see on the show, Trail (played by American Horror Story‘s Finn Wittrock) moved from San Francisco to take a job as a district manager for a propane delivery company. (The company is based in Minneapolis in the episode, but it was actually an hour east of the city, in Inver Grove Heights.) “He didn’t know a lot about propane,” Trail’s co-worker told The Washington Post in 1997. “He wasn’t here all that long. We didn’t get to know him very well.”

The co-worker also said Trail “never got mad,” so the scene in episode five, where Trail blows up at his colleague who’s asking probing questions about his Navy career, is probably not true.

Cunanan’s Visit 

The real Cunanan pleaded with credit card companies to grant him an extension to purchase a plane ticket to Minneapolis, as the Chicago Tribune reported and as we see on the show. However, Trail did not accompany David Madson (actor Cody Fern) to meet their friend at the airport. (Madson met Trail through Cunanan, and the two became closer after Trail moved to Minneapolis.)

Madson—whom viewers saw murdered after a hostage situation at the end of last week’s episode—picked him up alone. The gold Cartier watch that Criss’s Cunanan bestows on Madson when they arrive at his apartment is real, though whether it was accompanied by a marriage proposal is unclear. According to testimonies collected by journalist Maureen Orth, whose 1999 book Vulgar Favors is the basis for the FX show, Cunanan joined Madson and his work friends for dinner, and urged Madson to show off the gold watch. Orth also wrote that Cunanan had previously called Madson “the man he wanted to marry.”

The watch scene makes it into the episode, with an appearance by Linda Elwell (Sophie von Haselberg), the co-worker who went to check up on Madson in episodefour. The real Elwell did knock on Madson’s door when he missed work, but she wasn’t the one who Cunanan bragged to about making movie sets in Mexico, as we see Criss do. According to Orth, that was Monique Salvetti, Madson’s best friend.

ACS_204_082217_0389_RFROM LEFT: Cody Fern as David Madson, Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in ‘American Crime Story.’RAY MICKSHAW/FX

Trail and Madson’s Relationship

The series implies Madson and Trail had a romantic relationship, but according to Orth they were just friends. Still, American Crime Story accurately portrays their dynamic in relation to Cunanan. Trail wanted nothing to do with Cunanan when the killer came to visit, even though he had previously been his close friend. Orth writes that Trail once said to Madson, “You can’t believe a word he says. He’ll say anything to get a reaction.” That line is repeated by Wittrock’s Trail nearly verbatim. The real Trail also disapproved of Cunanan’s involvement in the drug trade—something the show alludes to, but never addresses directly.

Madson, on the other hand, felt more sympathy for Cunanan. One of Madson’s boyfriends, Cedric Rucker, told Orth that while Madson was apprehensive about the killer’s visit, he couldn’t refuse to see him. “He’s trying to make a change in his life,” Madson reportedly said. “Andrew just needs help.” (Stay tuned for how Madson and Cunanan met next week, in Episode 7.)

The Postcard

“I accidentally sent Jeff’s dad a postcard,” Criss said in the episode. “They don’t know that he’s gay, I wrote Stan Trail, and not Jeff Trail, and I signed it ‘Love, Drew XX.'”

According to American Crime Story, this is why Trail ended his friendship with Cunanan. Most records of Trail’s murder, however, cite Cunanan’s drug business as the catalyst for their estrangement. Orth wrote that a month before his murder, Trail turned down an offer from Cunanan to join him in drug dealing. This led to a huge fight. “They’re going to kill me,” Trail reportedly said to a friend, who thought he was referring to his propane job at the time.

ACSversace-Ep305_ScDay-RAY_0434Finn Wittrock as Jeffrey Trail in ‘American Crime Story.’RAY MICKSHAW/FX

The Sister

To get away from Cunanan, Wittrock’s Trail goes to stay with his sister. The New York Times reports the real Trail went to stay with his boyfriend at the time. However, it is true that he and his sister, Candace Parrott, were close. In a 1997 guest column for People, Parrot revealed her brother voiced his concerns about Cunanan a few weeks before his visit. “He said, ‘I’ve got another relationship going on, and Andrew has always wanted more,'” wrote Parrott. “We discussed options like rescheduling the trip or saying, ‘Come out, but you have to know what the deal is.’ We never came to any conclusions.”

Trail, the youngest of five, was out to his siblings but not his parents. As she does on the show, Candace said she encouraged him to come out to them sooner. “He wanted to find a good time to tell them. We always told him it doesn’t matter—you are loved unconditionally.”

Trail’s apartment

In the episode, Trail gives Cunanan the keys to stay in his apartment while he flees to his sister’s—too nice to deny him a place to stay, but uncomfortable about spending time with him. According to Orth, Trail left the keys under the doormat. Cunanan then spent Saturday night (the night before the murder) on his own there. He took down a phone message for Trail at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, signing it, “Love, Andrew.”  Later that night, Cunanan left a voice message on Trail’s phone inviting him to come over to Madson’s apartment. Trail went for some reason, only to be killed with a hammer, as we saw in last week’s episode.

While in Trail’s apartment, and as we see in the episode, Cunanan stole from the ex-Naval officer, taking his .40-caliber handgun and a box of bullets. That gun was used to kill Madson, Cunanan’s fourth victim, 45-year-old William Reese and, finally, Versace.

No evidence suggests that Cunanan shot a gun in Trail’s apartment, or that he found a tape of Trail’s anonymous interview, as Criss’s Cunanan does.

The 48 Hours Interview

The climax of the episode—Jeffrey Trail’s anonymous interview with Richard Schlesinger on 48 Hours—is real. You can watch an excerpt from the 1993 interview on CBS. Trail, whose identity is hidden, discusses being a closeted gay officer in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era of the armed forces (thus the episode’s title). Twenty years later, Schlesinger confirmed that Trail was the anonymous interviewee.

Trail’s military career

Creative liberties were taken here. It’s true that Trail was a naval officer and a Gulf War veteran, stationed in San Diego. He was a lieutenant when he left the Navy in 1996 to join a training program for the California Highway Patrol. He abruptly resigned from the patrol a few months later to take the propane job in Minnesota.

But the rescue of another bullied gay soldier, Trail’s attempted suicide because of homophobia within the military, and his desperate attempt to carve off his Marvin the Martian tattoo—as we see Trail do in the episode—is pure speculation. It’s not a huge leap to suggest that Trail was driven out of the Navy by homophobia, considering the 48 Hours interview. But Trail’s friend San Diego friend, Michael Williams, said in a 1997 interview, “He loved the Navy. He didn’t want to ruin his career.”

ACSversace-Ep305_ScDay-RAY_0189FROM LEFT: Finn Wittrock as Jeffrey Trail, Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan on ‘American Crime Story.’RAY MICKSHAW/FX

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Bette Midler’s daughter, Sophie Von Haselberg, in this week’s VERSACE episode

Screen Grab: Christopher Michael Ward

Mister D: Don’t know if any of you Betteheads caught this or not, but Sophie von Haselberg was in this week’s episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace. She played Linda, a friend of of MN architect, David Madson, an ex-boyfriend of Andrew Cunanan. Poor Soph found one of the bodies Andrew left in his wake. She was in a good two segments of the show. With her hairstyle, she reminded me so much of her mother in Big Business, but of course without the laughs. She did a great job and I can’t wait to see her in more things.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sophie von Haselberg has completed another movie entitled, Ask For Jane, Set For 2018 Release

Mister D: Sophie von Haselberg has completed another movie entitled, Ask For Jane, which is based on real events. It’s the story of a group of college aged women who develop “an underground abortion network that helped over 10,000 women get illegal abortions in Chicago between 1968 and 1973. The movie gets high praise from feminist warrior, Gloria Steinem. Rachel Carey directed and wrote the script. It’s scheduled to be released in 2018

Plot Summary: In 1968 Chicago, young college student Susan takes a step outside her normal, sheltered life to help a desperate friend find a safe but illegal abortion. Susan and her more radical dormmate Janice form a friendship as they start providing the doctor’s number to other desperate women — until the doctor angrily refuses to help them. Instead of giving up, the young women decide to think bigger. Susan and her friends form the Jane Collective: a secret organization to help other women obtain safe abortions by connecting them with doctors who will provide the service safely and at low cost. Susan sacrifices her career plans, her boyfriend, and even her relationship with her mother in the name of helping women in need. When the women of Jane are eventually arrested, they face the ultimate test of their commitment to the cause and to each other.

‘Ask For Jane’: Competing Underground Abortion Project Underway
by Anita Busch
July 26, 2017 11:36am

There are now two ‘Jane’ underground projects on their way in Hollywood. An indie film Ask For Jane is just now getting underway in New York from Cait Johnston and co-starring this year’s Emmy-nominated actress Alison Wright (The Americans). That follows a very similar project from Amazon, who bought a spec titled This is Jane based on Laura Kaplan’s non-fiction book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service. Amazon picked that up earlier this year.

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Both projects are based on the historic true story of the underground abortion network in Chicago created by college called The Jane Collective, which helped over 11,000 women get illegal abortions in Chicago between 1969 and 1973 before Roe v. Wade allowed legal abortions. The indie film will also feature a cameo from Judith Arcana, a writer, activist and real life member of The Janes, who is acting as a consulting producer on the film.

Ask For Jane is currently shooting and stars producer Johnston (The Knick, Ripped!), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood, Midnight, Texas), the aforementioned Wright (who was also in Feud: Bette and Joan), Cody Horn (Magic Mike, Demonic), Sarah Steele (Spanglish, The Good Wife, The Humans), Chloe Levine (The Transfiguration, Netflix’s The OA) and Ben Rappaport (Mr. Robot, For the People & Hope Springs).

The film was written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Rachel Carey. The female-focused film is produced by Carolines Entertainment’s Caroline Hirsch (founder of Carolines on Broadway comedy club) and NYEH Entertainment’s Josh Folan (The Light of the Moon).

In 2016, filmmaker Carey and Johnston’s limited series Ask for Jane was one of three finalists chosen in the New York Television Festival Works 4 Progress Initiative with Participant Media.

The film follows both the women and men who, during this time in America when abortions were illegal, reproductive rights were being challenged and birth control wasn’t easily accessible or morally accepted, worked behind the scenes to keep reproductive rights for all women by helping women attain abortions. The ‘Janes’ wrote their own rules and damned the law.

“So many of the lawmakers trying to restrict abortion access (today) have never even considered the disparate reasons why a woman might be driven to seek one,” said creator, producer and star Johnston. “Ask For Jane beautifully depicts a few of their stories, and illustrates how vital it is to keep this procedure legal and safe,”

“Ask For Jane is an incredibly impactful and timely story, that inspires us to act and protect,” said producer Caroline Hirsch, “At a time when women still struggle for reproduction rights, we cannot wait to bring the actions of such a brave group of women and men to the screen as a reminder that we need to continue fighting.”

Ask for Jane is produced by Hirsch, Folan and Johnston; executive producers are Raptor Films’ Cathleen Ihasz and Nicole Ihasz.


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Editor’s Cut Video: Sophie von Haselberg in “WASP” A Hopefully Upcoming TV Series In 2018

Mister D: The series is in post production. It’s a comedy and it seems Sophie is the lead.  Her characters name is Isabelle St. Barth. I couldn’t find anything on what it’s about, but Sophie, in this clip, has a way with words like her mother. One of the writers, Kevin Reich, is a writer on the hit series “The Mick” Stars: Sophie von Haselberg, Kevin Reich, Rightor Doyle

WASP_JoshuaTree_EC_110617 from Kevin Reich on Vimeo.

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Sophie von Haselberg (Bette’s Daughter) attends the Premiere Of FX’s ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (Photos)

Sophie von Haselberg attends the Premiere Of FX’s ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ – Arrivals at ArcLight Hollywood on January 8, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Future 38 Starring Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Ethan Phillips, Sean Young, Sophie Von Haselberg Out On VOD

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Future 38
Written by Jared Mobarak on January 4, 2018

If you ask how scientists are smart enough to invent time travel yet can’t find a way to defeat Hitler without needing time travel to augment their weapon’s power, Jamie Greenberg has succeeded. He’s succeeded if you don’t ask that question too because you’ll have given yourself fully to his unapologetically punny, “lost” film known as Future ’38. So Greenberg can’t lose. His film entertains with overt playfulness and reveals the pedants in the audience unable to simply laugh and have a good time without nit-picking every single detail despite it being a screwball science fiction comedy that intentionally takes liberties with both history and reality. If uber “film twitter” troll Neil deGrasse Tyson can be coaxed into coming aboard to poke fun at himself, you should too.

The premise is simple: America circa 1938—three years before Pearl Harbor brings us into World War II—has discovered something with the potential to put fear into the hearts of its enemies if it’s able to work correctly. This “Formica Atom” possesses energy with the might to melt an ice cube today and level a city eighty years from now after undergoing enough half-lives to do so. Nothing can therefore be done at present with Hitler advancing throughout Europe unless the government sends someone to 2018 via time travel to retrieve the device and bring it back fully charged. Considering the risks, only someone devoid of attachments like the under-achieving, wealth-motivated Essex (Nick Westrate) proves an ideal candidate. His bravery can be bought for ten thousand dollars.

His subsequent mission is where the notion that Future ’38 is a “lost” film enters. Greenberg has imagined his story as one told from the perspective of artists pre-WWII and therefore presents its version of 2018 through that lens too. It’s not a perfect exercise since he obviously knows what we’ve created, but such knowledge allows him to lean more heavily into the fact his film uses its science fiction conceit to serve its comedy. So rather than think of crazy things to be prescient like the 1980s did with flying cars, Greenberg nicely decides to work backwards. He takes everything we do have (internet, text messages, cell phones, and the 24-hour news cycle) and strips them down to their concepts before re-building them through that 1930s filter.

The result is campy with post-production visual artifact filters and a tone manifested in part via actors almost turning to the camera for fourth wall-breaking winks. It’s all part of the film’s abundance of charm as it plays into its absurdity, owning it in a way that ensures its lack of self-seriousness isn’t misconstrued as a lack of respect for the audience. Once you get beyond the discrepancy of time travel existing and the atomic bomb not, Greenberg buckles down to keep plot holes at a minimum when not being used as punch lines. He sprinkles in callbacks to add a layer of nuance as far as construction and characters go without sacrificing the broad strokes of lunacy slathered on above them. Fun and smart aren’t mutually exclusive.

And if high concept time travel and hijinks weren’t enough, he adds an effective amount of romance to more or less steal our interest away from the main thrust. We don’t stop caring about Essex’s mission as much as grow more invested in the love story surrounding it that can sadly never be unless he decides to forsake world peace—a development that’s legitimately on the table. It’s entertaining seeing him as the naïve stranger unversed in his surroundings and more so to watch Banky (Betty Gilpin) hold his hand as tour guide without losing her confident, sharp-edged, and hard-boiled independence. Rather than be a pawn to the story, Banky is a crucial piece that may prove more important than Essex’s heroic adventurer. And their romance builds authentically.

The mission’s climax on-the-other-hand moves to farce with vindictively neutered Germans (Tom Riis Farrell’s Lamont), haplessly tough Jewish mafiosos (Hillel Meltzer’s Matzoh), an ancient bellhop (Madison Arnold), and right-place-at-right-time BFFs (Tabitha Holbert’s Lux and Sophie von Haselberg’s Iota). Things get wild with wardrobe pranks, butterfly effect impossibilities, and drunken Shriners as the script pokes fun at chauvinism, technology, and espionage. A lot of what happens can be described as gags, but you’ll be surprised by how many circle back with relevance to the plot. Everything is planned to the penny with each joke resonating on a contextual level beyond the eye-roll it generally earns in response. The actors playing up their anachronistic dialogue is no different as it brings quippy noir slang to the twenty-first century.

Greenberg adheres to his out-of-time genre thesis and his cast revels in performing within that mold. The result won’t be for everyone, but it should be difficult for detractors to not at least praise the attempt. In an era when escapist projects like superhero franchises have grown darker and more mature to mirror the desperate times we live in, it’s good to see filmmakers taking chances on old-fashioned aesthetics to delight with whimsy rather than punish with futility. Future ’38 mocks the severity of potential worldwide destruction, using it as the springboard towards fantasy, frivolity, and love. It pokes fun at dire circumstances, finding humor in cavalier heroes made humble while acknowledging humanity still exists in jaded times. It reveals how peace is in our hands.

Future ’38 is now available digitally and on VOD.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sophie von Haselberg in New Film, Future 38

Neil deGrasse Tyson approves of time travel comedy Future ’38 in exclusive trailer
By Clark Collis
November 20, 2017 AT 04:59 PM EST

In the comedy Future ’38, an American agent travels from the ’30s to 2018 to hamstring Hitler and discovers a strange world of connected computers and other futuristic phenomena. He also falls for a woman 80 years his junior.

“The film is a valentine to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and ’40s,” says writer-director Jamie Greenberg in his director’s statement. “It imagines a world that’s a magical hybrid of 1938 and the present: a vintage film transposed to our modern world.”

Future ’38 stars Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Robert John Burke, Ethan Phillips, Sophie von Haselberg, Ilana Becker, Sean Young, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The film will be premiere theatrically in New York Dec. 1 followed by a digital release in early 2018.

Exclusively watch the trailer for Future ’38, above.

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