We finally have some news on Marg’s latest film project ‘Almost Friends’ (formerly known as ‘Holding Patterns’). It is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017, both theatrically and on VOD.
Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on VOD. The other stars include Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Haley Joel Osment (Silicon Valley), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), Jake Abel (Love & Mercy), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU). The film follows a once promising young chef, Charlie who is now an unmotivated twenty-something living at home with his mom and stepfather while working at a small movie theatre and living vicariously through his best friend, Ben. His life takes an unpredictable turn however, when he finds himself falling for local barista Amber.
Marg arrived in New York this week to begin work on What We’re Up Against, a play written by Theresa Rebeck, which will have its Off Broadway premiere at the WP Theater at the end of this month. Joining Marg on this project are Skylar Astin, Jim Parrack, Krysta Rodriguez, and Damian Young. The cast met the press yesterday for a photocall to begin promoting the play.
For those unfamiliar with the play, here’s the synopsis from the WP Theater website:
“Why is it still like this?” Janice sighs to Eliza. It’s 1992, and Eliza is the brainy new recruit at a small-shop architecture firm. But she’s struggling to get a foothold on even the lowest rung of the company ladder, and starts making moves to blow the lid off their pandora’s box of office politics and social maneuvering, in this sharply hilarious black comedy. Rebeck brings her trademark blistering wit to the workplace in this darkly funny and all-too-relevant comedy of gender politics.
The play has also already received some high praise from various media outlets:
“A juicy black comedy!” – Variety
“A swift and merrily vicious kick in the pants!” – Washington Post
“Theresa Rebeck totally and completely nails it in her latest play! A biting, brilliant comedy!” – Houston Chronicle
What We’re Up Against will have a limited four-week run, from October 28 – November 26. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit wp.theater.org.
As most fans already know, Marg has been an advocate in the fight against cancer for many years, and in recent years, has been actively involved with the organization, Stand Up To Cancer. She visited Good Day LA this morning to talk about her mother’s fight against cancer and also and reminisced about her role on the “Ryan’s Hope.” It’s a great interview so be sure to check it out.
I hate sharing bad news, but since I know quite a few people have been waiting for news on Marg’s pilot, the official word is that FOX has unfortunately decided to pass on Behind Enemy Lines. No specific reasons were given for the pass. I’m a firm believer that this just means an even better project is out there with Marg’s name all over it, but it’s disappointing news to hear we won’t have her back on our TVs this fall…
Fox postponed formal decision on five pilots until after the upfronts. There was very little chance of any of them going at the network, and it’s now official, with Fox passing on its remaining pilots, comedies Linda From HR, starring Lauren Graham, Type A, toplined by Eva Longoria who already had indicated she would not continue, and Thin Ice as well as dramas University Project and Behind Enemy Lines — all from 20th TV.
Last night Marg attended the premiere of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbeans: Dead Men Tell No Tales at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Based on her social media posts, it sounds like Marg had a great time and that the movie is a lot of fun. I don’t know about everyone else, but I personally can’t wait to see it!
— Marg Helgenberger (@MargHelgen) May 19, 2017