SEPTEMBER: OSAGE COUNTY GREEN LIT

Production is due to start on September: Osage County, the long awaited sequel to August: Osage County.

Tracy Letts promised todoay that the sequel to his Oscar nominated film August: Osage County wouldn’t be as funny and would be a lot darker.

I’m a huge fan of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and that idea that the second film of any given trilogy should be the darkest of the three has really influenced me in the writing of this second instalment.

The story continues from the month immediately following the first film. The Weston family are still in shock from Beverly Weston’s suicide and the revelations that followed hard on, but they are once more all called back to the family home when it is revealed that Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) has won the state lottery and is set to receive a bonanza payment of $25 million. Her daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis) decide to put their differences aside in order to please their mother and in the hopes of receiving some of the money when Violet dies. Violet however has lost none of her charm and decides to test her family to see how far they will go to ‘earn’ their share of the inheritance.  The scenes of ritual humiliation and torture which ensue have been variously described as ‘similar to Hostel crossed with Salò by Hollywood insiders who have read the screenplay.

September Osage County will be released in 2016.

JULIETTE LEWIS REJOINS HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

HOLLYWOOD – Actress and rock star Juliette Lewis has confirmed that she will be rejoining Huey Lewis and the News, despite having sworn never to work with Huey after a dispute over the writing credits for Hip to Be Square.

The Cape Fear actress said:

That’s all water under the bridge. I don’t want to drag all that up again. The short version is Huey said I wrote it and I said Huey wrote it. But let’s leave it at that. 

Although Juliette hasn’t performed with ‘the News’ for fifteen years, she has had her own solo project, Juliette and the Licks

I won’t be letting go of that. It’s been such a good experience for me. We did think of combining the groups but when we tried to combined the name we came up with Huey Lewis Licks Juliette’s News and so we decided to keep the two projects separate.

Huey Lewis said that he was delighted to have his writing companion and close collaborator back working with him. 

Juliette had a hand in writing all the hits [sotto voce] including Hip to Be Square. She is a force of nature. 

The group are expected to play a series of concerts throughout the festivals billed simply as Huey and Juliette Lewis and the News.