The Perfect Family, from first-time feature director Anne Renton, tells the story of suburban super-mom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner), the ultimate devoted Catholic who gets nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish and will go to any lengths to prove she’s worthy of the title. But, needing the church board’s approval is proving to be a difficult task, with her non-conformist family that includes a gay daughter (Emily Deschanel), an unhappily married son (Jason Ritter) and her recovering alcoholic husband (Michael McGrady).
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Kathleen Turner, in both a roundtable and a 1-on-1 interview, about how she came to be a part of this indie film, the ways in which she identified with her character, the challenge of finding roles that are not so predictable, and how she hopes audiences will take away a sense of compassion that is reciprocal. She also talked about the roles that fans want to talk to her about the most, why Joan Wilder (from Romancing the Stone) is the only character that she’s ever returned to for a sequel, how her role on Californication made her blush, and that she has two stage roles coming up next. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Reaching back into the 80′s for feature film remakes, reboots and adaptation has been quite the tradition over the past few years in Hollywood, but in a turn of events, it looks like a film from the 80′s is heading to the small screen in the form of a TV series adaptation. Deadline reports NBC is working with The Forgotten series creator Mark Friedman and director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) to adapt Robert Zemeckis’ 1984 action adventure film Romancing the Stone for a new TV series. However, Levy’s involvement as director is subject to his schedule directing feature films.
The original film followed a romance writer (Kathleen Turner) who sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure alongside a swashbuckling American bird exporter (Michael Douglas). The series will change things up a bit by following a successful but unfulfilled woman who teams with a risk-taking adventurer to take on weekly missions while on a larger quest to find her missing brother. The idea of weekly missions happening while the over-arcing plot runs through the whole series seems a bit too formulaic for my tastes, and I’d just as soon wish they would just leave the Romancing the Stone title off the series to quell any expectations fans and children of the 80′s who grew up with the film might have.