Naomi Snieckus (Talent Agent in “Fae Day“) is Maria in the comedy WORK IT, which stars Sabrina Carpenter as Quinn Ackerman, a high school senior who learns that her admission to the college of her choice hangs on her performance at a dance competition. The problem is, she can’t dance, and is rejected by the school’s dance team. Her response is to assemble her own motley group of dancers to compete against the team that rejected her. Written by Alison Peck and directed by Laura Terruso, WORK IT will be on Netflix on 7 August. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Snieckus also hosts the FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT PODCAST. In the latest episode (below), she interviews writer, producer, and director Kay Cannon (creator of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS). Currently, Cannon is writing and directing a reimagining of CINDERELLA.
Lanette Ware (nurse in “Family Portrait“) is Detective Bellows in Justin G. Dyck’s horror film ANYTHING FOR JACKSON. Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and Henry (Julian Richings) are two grieving grandparents who lost their grandson Jackson in an automobile accident. Henry is a doctor, and he kidnaps one of his pregnant patients, intending to perform a reverse exorcism that will put Jackson’s soul inside the unfortunate woman’s unborn child. Soon Audrey and Henry discover that Jackson isn’t the only ghost they have invited into their home. ANYTHING FOR JACKSON completed filming in Barrie, Ontario in March and is expected to premiere on Super Channel Fuse in Canada sometime in the Fall.
Ware is also Betty in GIRL, a film starring Bella Thorne as a woman who intends to kill her abusive father, but after returning home to accomplish this finds that someone else has gotten to him first. Written and directed by Chad Faust, GIRL should be released in the US and Canada later this year. Continue reading →
Anna Hardwick (Maddy in “Faes Wide Shut“) is Noreen in Episode 4 of of the nine-episode miniseries MRS. AMERICA, which tells the true story of the efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash let by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The series shows the culture wars of the 70s from the perspectives of Schlafly and feminists Steinem, Friedan, Chisolm, Abzug, and Ruckelshaus. On Instagram, Hardwick said: “I will treasure improvising with my comedy hero, the gracious Tracey Ullman as the terrifying Betty Friedan, for the rest of my days.” That makes it at least possible that Hardwick’s character is Noreen Connell, who worked with Friedan on the White House Conference on Families in 1980. Samantha Espie (Pietra in “Let the Dark Times Roll“) appears in the series as Jacqui Davidson (although the last name is spelled without a ‘d’ on the show’s IMDB page), the president and founder of the anti-ERA organization HOW (Happiness of Womanhood). Angela Besharah (Jobina in “Caged Fae“) is also in the cast. Created by Dahvi Waller, MRS AMERICA’s first three episodes will be on HULU on 15 April, with a new episode released each subsequent Wednesday. YouTube has a trailer. Continue reading →