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9 April Fools’ Day Headlines That Turned Out to Be True (Photos)

9 April Fools’ Day Headlines That Turned Out to Be True (Photos)
From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on
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Wedding Crashers Director Teaming Back up With Will Ferrell for Netflix Movie Eurovision

Last year we reported that Will Ferrell had signed on to star in a movie for Netflix entitled Eurovision.

The story is based on the "wildly popular and long-running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. It is a contest that began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations participated. This year 43 countries competed for the prize, won in Lisbon by Netta (Israel) performing the song Toy. Abba (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) are among the former contestants who launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at The Eurovision Song Contest."

We already knew that Ferrell was writing the script alongside Andrew Steele, known for his time as writer and head-writer at SNL and his comedic collaborations with Ferrell in the past, writing the ridiculously hilarious The Spoils of Babylon, The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!, and the spoof Lifetime movie,
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10 So-Bad-They're-Good Lifetime Movies That We Can't Help but Love

We have a confession: we kind of love Lifetime movies. Sure, they're cheesy and mostly only meant for consumption on sick days, but they're great! The network has been stepping up its game with instant classics like Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's pitch-perfect drama, A Deadly Adoption, and our editors are looking back on some of the movies they love. Turns out She's Too Young is really popular! Take a look through our picks, and let us know which Lifetime movie you can't get enough of.

Related: 29 Hilarious Thoughts People Had About Lifetime's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Movie
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How a Mighty Morphin' Studio Grew Out of "Dad's Garage"

"It was literally a company started in my dad's garage," says Fernando Szew, who launched MarVista Entertainment in 2003 off the back of Whamo Entertainment, a sales agency distributing animated content that was owned by his father, Joseph Szew.

Fernando's Westwood-based company began primarily as a global TV distributor but expanded into original TV films. Through partnerships with companies like Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Lifetime and Hallmark, Szew, 43, has built the banner into a multifaceted production and distribution company, with recent projects including Lifetime's A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig in 2015; 2017 ...
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Rachel Lee Goldenberg to Direct Pilot for CW Funeral Home Dramedy “Playing Dead”

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Rachel Lee Goldenberg has an eclectic résumé: her directorial efforts include upcoming movie musical “Valley Girl,” meta Lifetime TV movie “A Deadly Adoption,” and the pilot for Andrea Savage comedy “I’m Sorry.” Now, according to Variety, she has signed on to helm the pilot for “Playing Dead,” a CW dramedy about a funeral director and his dysfunctional family.

The project, which sounds like a lighter alternative to “Six Feet Under,” centers on a mortician and his son. Their “lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death.”

Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims are writing and serving as executive producers. The duo previously worked together on “Everwood” and “Mistresses.”

Goldenberg is also among “Playing Dead’s” EPs.

Valley Girl,” Goldenberg’s feature directorial debut, is in post-production. The musical is a reimagining of the 1983 cult classic romantic comedy.
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Will Ferrell Says Lifetime Comedy ‘A Deadly Adoption’ Is “One Of My Favorite Things I’ve Ever Made”

When “A Deadly Adoption” landed as an (almost) surprise movie on Lifetime two years ago, no one knew what to make of it. The film, starring Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig, was a very specific spoof on Lifetime‘s usually over-the-top dramas, directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg (“Escape From Polygamy,” “Love at the Christmas Table,” “Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now?

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Will Ferrell: ‘A Deadly Adoption’ On Lifetime Is “One Of My Favorite Things I’ve Ever Made”–Atx

Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell will likely always be pushing the comedy envelope, but with A Deadly Adoption–his 2015 Lifetime movie–he really took the cake. As Ferrell himself said during a post-screening panel discussion at the Atx Television Festival, "If you’re sitting in this audience thinking, 'This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,' I can’t argue with you." Making a Lifetime movie had been a dream for the actor. "I kept thinking it would be fun to star in a…
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Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Is Taking 'Action'! Actress Joins Star-Studded Lineup at 2017 Atx TV Festival

Exclusive: Kyra Sedgwick Is Taking 'Action'! Actress Joins Star-Studded Lineup at 2017 Atx TV Festival
Kyra Sedgwick is the latest big-name joining the star-studded line-up at the 2017 Atx TV Festival in Austin, Texas, next month, Et can exclusively reveal.

The Closer actress will be participating in a new panel titled "From Actor to 'Action!'" which will feature an in-depth discussion about the transition from actor to director and the challenges that come from stepping behind the camera.

Sedgwick recently made her directorial debut in the upcoming Lifetime movie Story of a Girl, which also stars her husband, Kevin Bacon.

"From Actor to 'Action!'", which will take place Saturday, June 10, will also feature Suits star Patrick J. Adams, Sons of Anarchy's Adam Arkin and Battlestar Galactica alum Edward James Olmos on the panel

More: 'Friday Night Lights' Cast Reunites to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary at Atx Television Festival

Sedgwick will also be participating in another new Atx Festival panel entitled, "Complex not Complicated: A Look at a Woman's Character
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Unforgettable (2017) – Review

Time for another cinematic trek to the land of “second chance” romance, where those wounded lovers get another try at happiness in a picture-perfect little town complete with a cozy home (fireplace included, of course) and an adorable moppet. But this journey to a happy ending can’t be a smooth one. The fly in the ointment (or the more crass “t%#d in the punch bowl) is the more than a little unhinged ex. Then the trip goes from hearts and flowers to demented nannies and boiled bunny rabbits. Perhaps as a way to mark the 30th anniversary of Fatal Attraction, movie-goers are now treated to a “female-centric” take on torture and turmoil mixed with thwarted desire and homicide in Unforgettable.

We first meet a battered and bruised Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson) as she is interrogated by a pair of somber stoic police detectives. Ms B is in big
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Chloe Bennet, Logan Paul and more join MGM’s Valley Girl remake

MGM’s upcoming musical remake of the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl has filled out its cast with Deadline revealing that Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Logan Paul (The Space Between Us), Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul) and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale) have joined the previously announced leads Jessica Rothe (La La Land) and Josh Whitehouse (Alleycats).

The new film is being directed by Rachel Goldenberg (A Deadly Adoption) and follows Julie (Rothe), a sweet-natured San Fernando Valley girl whose world and values are rocked when she falls hard for Randy (Whitehouse), a punk rocker from Hollywood.

Bennet will play Karen, “a Queen bee Valley girl who’s obsessed with status and overcompensates for her lack of charisma by ruling the school with an iron fist, with Paul as Mickey, “a preppy, popular, tennis star and Julie’s boyfriend.” Ennis is portraying Stacey, “Julie’s loyal best friend since childhood who dresses
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Meghan Hooper White Upped To Svp Original Co-Productions & Acquisitions Lifetime & Lmn

Meghan Hooper White has been upped to Senior Vice President, Original Co-Productions and Acquisitions, for Lifetime and Lmn, from her VP role. Based in New York, Hooper White oversees the development and production of co-production film commissions, international co-productions and all program acquisitions for Lifetime and Lmn. Since joining the networks in 2011, she has overseen the co-production of A Deadly Adoption starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, the remake of…
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Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig reteam for ‘industrial musical’

The pair will join the producer of La La Land on an original musical sending up the Us phenomenon of corporate shows used to motivate workforces

After appearing together in spoof Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are to reunite on another takedown of the tacky side of American culture: this time taking aim at “industrial musicals”, the corporate-funded shows designed to boost sales or motivate workforces that were popular from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Related: Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

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‘Abattoir’ Exclusive Clip: Jessica Lowndes Investigates The Most Deadly Haunted House

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‘Abattoir’ Exclusive Clip: Jessica Lowndes Investigates The Most Deadly Haunted House
The new horror film “Abattoir” takes the concept of a haunted house to its conceptual limit. The film follows investigative reporter Julia Talben (Jessica Lowndes) whose life is turned upside when her family is brutally murdered. Though believed to be an open-and-shut case, she quickly realizes there’s more to the story. Soon she and her ex-lover Declan Grady (Joe Anderson) are drawn to the town of New English where they find Jebediah Crone and the Abattoir – a monstrous house stitched together with unending rooms of death and the damned. Now Julia must solve the case before it’s too late. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Abattoir’ Exclusive Clip and Photos: Jessica Lowndes and Joe Anderson Discover a Terrible Sight

The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who was one of the writers of the “Abattoir” graphic novel series. He has previously directed “Saw II” through “Saw IV,
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Newswire: MGM’s musical adaptation of Valley Girl totally hires a director

The carcass of the 1980s has not yet been picked clean, so MGM is going forward with its musical adaptation of Martha Coolidge’s well-remembered 1983 cult film Valley Girl. And now, the project even has a director: Rachel Goldenberg, probably best known for helming the 2015 Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. (Goldenberg has also directed episodes of The Mindy Project and Angie Tribeca.) Matt Smith will produce this newfangled Valley Girl, and Goldenberg will direct from a script by Amy Talkington, who also appears to be working on a Private Benjamin reboot.

In the original independent sleeper hit, Nicolas Cage plays a Hollywood punk rocker named Randy who falls in love with Julie (Deborah Foreman), a resident of the San Fernando Valley, famed at the time for its unique slang and fashion. Considering that Valley Girl was made to cash in on an ...
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MGM’s Musical Adaptation Of ‘Valley Girl’ Taps 'A Deadly Adoption' Director

MGM’s Musical Adaptation Of ‘Valley Girl’ Taps 'A Deadly Adoption' Director
Exclusive: Rachel Goldenberg has been attached to direct MGM's musical adaptation of the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl, about a teenage valley girl who begins to question the life she's always known when she falls in love with a punk rocker from Hollywood. Goldenberg most recently helmed A Deadly Adoption for Lifetime starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. The remake of the old Martha Coolidge-directed film that starred and helped launch the career of Nicholas Cage
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‘Dirk Gently’ NY Comic-Con Sneak Peek + Julian McMahon & Jessica Lowndes Join Cast

Exclusive: There's some Nip/Tuck and 90210 coming to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency with Julian McMahon and Jessica Lowndes now joining the BBC America series. The duo will appear in guest roles in the Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood and Hannah Marks starring October 22 debuting show based on Douglas Adams' novels. News of the addition of the Hunters alum and the A Deadly Adoption actor to Dirk Gently comes as BBC America stages its New York Comic-Con mega-panel…
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Britney Spears Biopic Is Coming to Lifetime in 2017

Britney Spears Biopic Is Coming to Lifetime in 2017
Over the past few years, the Lifetime Network has been in the process of rebanding itself, debuting controversial "unauthorized" movies that went behind-the-scenes of hit sitcoms like Saved By the Bell and Full House. Their rebranding has also included the Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig thriller A Deadly Adoption and the cult-classic remake of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? from James Franco. Today we have word that the network has ordered a biopic centering on pop icon Britney Spears, simply entitled Britney.

TV Line reports that the network has cast Natasha Bassett as the Princess of Pop, although no other cast members have come aboard quite yet. The biopic will be produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime, with production scheduled to begin in Vancouver on September 19, with Lifetime eyeing a 2017 debut. Here's the official plot description, courtesy of the network.

"Britney Jean Spears was just a young girl from
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Why 'Mother, May I Sleep With Danger' Is Smarter Than You Think

Why 'Mother, May I Sleep With Danger' Is Smarter Than You Think
Here are some things that have been in the news in recent weeks: A male college student raping an unconscious woman. A killer motivated by his own homophobia. Mass shootings in Florida. Here are some things that appear in James Franco's remake of 1996 the Lifetime movie Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? A male college student attempting to rape an unconscious woman. A killer motivated by his own homophobia. Mass shootings in Florida.

The Franco-masterminded 20th anniversary remake of the Tori Spelling-starring original also contains nubile teenage vampires,
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Review: ‘Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?’ is Further Proof that James Franco Is Screwing With Us

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Review: ‘Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?’ is Further Proof that James Franco Is Screwing With Us
Fun fact: If you happen to mention on Twitter that an upcoming Lifetime movie features a large amount of gratuitous lesbian vampire sex, people way outside the traditional Lifetime movie demo suddenly have questions about when it airs.

That is exactly what actor/writer/director/IndieWire contributor James Franco is counting on as the executive producer of this weekend’s “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” remake. But is there also a deeper meaning to his madness?

Read More: Review: Lifetime’s ‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Bets Big As It Declares War

The original “Mother” was relatively simple — a bad boy came to town and seduced baby Tori Spelling, “Vertigo”-ing her haircut before descending into true villainy. But this new film swaps an emotionally manipulative boyfriend for a lady vampire who’s just hoping to find the true love that will help her escape her bloodlust and…

Look, it’s weird.

Short version of the plot (based on a story by Franco, who also plays a supporting role): Pearl (Emily Meade) has been inducted into a “nightwalker” cabal largely against her will, but if she can connect with true love, she’ll no longer have to prey upon the living to slack her thirst. Fortunately, she seems to have found a soulmate in new lover/aspiring actress Leah (Leila George).

But while Pearl is a genuinely sympathetic character, Leah’s mother Julie (Tori Spelling) does not approve. At first, that’s because of her conservative values, but later, after some investigation, Julie senses that her daughter – wait for it – might be sleeping with danger…

On the surface, that’s not too complicated. But even giving one additional moment of thought to the film’s thematic implications is brain-exploding on a “Scanners” level, because quite sincerely, the premise feels like a legitimate dare from Franco to critics. How are we meant to interpret a remake of a famous example of the prototypical “Lifetime movie,” where the deranged male stalker has been substituted with a loving female partner who also just so happens to be a “nightwalker”? What the hell does that mean? It’s like the anti-angle, actively defying interpretation, demanding that we look deeper into the abyss even though sometimes a pipe is just a pipe…

That’s it: James Franco has found a way to make Lifetime movies into Dadaist art. In this way, he has exceeded the ambitions of last year’s “A Deadly Adoption,” Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s failed attempt to secretly make a Lifetime movie. The reason why “Mother” works better than “Adoption” is easy to grasp: “A Deadly Adoption” leaned way too hard in its efforts to ape the generic Lifetime thriller that the original “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” epitomized. Meanwhile, with this new sort of “Mother,” Franco is truly pushing the boundaries of what you might presume this network to be capable of.

Two years ago, that’d be unimaginable for this network. But if you were to anthropomorphize the modern-day Lifetime, the best metaphor would be to see it as a once-shackled woman bored by routine, but now unleashed and ready to cut loose. (Which would actually be the beginning of a pretty compelling Lifetime movie, in retrospect.)

Sure, the network still runs its standard reality fare, but it’s been making baby steps towards more compelling content since 2014’s “The Lottery” (an under-appreciated dystopian drama series). And right now, the second season of “UnREAL” is one of the summer’s best and most daring shows, across the board.

Now, one of the network’s most iconic films has now been “reinterpreted” as a lesbian vampire love story. That, honestly, is the hardest part to accept. If you strip the remake aspect of this project from your consciousness, it’s actually a pretty watchable film – as lesbian vampire movies go. “Mother” comes with solid direction from Melanie Aitkenhead and a tight script by Amber Coney. The script might be a little too tight, actually, moving awfully fast through major plot beats, but there’s an interesting twist when it comes to the casting of a theatrical production of “MacBeth”… and also, yes, there are lesbian vampires and they have a lot of sex on screen.

Even if we were to get a full and coherent explanation from James Franco about why this “Mother” remake exists, it probably wouldn’t make the actual film any better. And there’s a part of me that likes the fact that it just exists, in all its ridiculousness.

But there is one sequence which proves difficult to engage with, and perhaps it’s because it’s the most grounded of the film. When Leah tries to tell her mother that the girl she’s brought home for dinner isn’t just a friend, but her girlfriend, it leads to the sort of brutal coming-out scene that feels more in tune with 1996 than 2016. (Yes, Julie has a right to be concerned, but c’mon.)

The clear takeaway — like most things in this world that rely on an absurd sensibility in order to be truly appreciated — is that honest human emotion has no place in this sort of scenario. Especially given that, yes, the real danger Leah faces with her lover has nothing to do with the fact that Pearl is a woman — it’s that she’s a vampire. But we’ve recently been hit hard by the reminder that homosexuality on its own non-vampire terms can still be seen as threatening. It’s the hardest part of this blood-soaked story to watch.

Because that’s also when it become hard to enjoy “Mother” as a Dadaist farce, especially given the earnestness with which its leads engage both with each other and the narrative. Perhaps a film called “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” shouldn’t be a love story, but that’s what this is. It titillates, and it baffles, and it may be ultimately a terrible idea.

But, yeah, we told you about the lesbian vampires. So we get why you’re gonna watch.

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” premieres Saturday, June 18 at 8pm on Lifetime.

Grade: B

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Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Writer Talks James Franco and Lesbian Vampires | Exclusive

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Writer Talks James Franco and Lesbian Vampires | Exclusive
If you live in Los Angeles, specifically Hollywood, it's more rare to meet someone who isn't in some way part of the entertainment business (or trying to be) than the opposite. In the first apartment complex I lived in, there was a guy who became a reality TV "star" (for a minute), another guy who is now a pro wrestler, an agent at CAA, a post-production coordinator, and, of course, actors. Lots and lots of actors. Two years ago, I moved into a different apartment complex, where I became neighbors with one of today's rising stars, Amber Coney.

A few months after I settled in to my new place, Amber moved in down the hall from me, who was working at a restaurant while trying to break in as an actress. In roughly a year and a half, Amber Coney has gone from Katsuya hostess to writing and starring in actor/producer James Franco's insane remake of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, debuting Saturday, June 18 at at 8 Pm Et on Lifetime. During this short amount of time, she also landed a leading role in Freeform's upcoming series Dead of Summer, debuting Tuesday, June 28 at 9 Pm Et.

In case you haven't noticed lately, Lifetime isn't exactly the same network they were a few years ago. The network celebrated their 25th Anniversary last year with A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, which showed that the network was embracing much darker programming. That's where Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? comes in, a vastly different remake of the network's 1996 TV movie starring Tori Spelling as a young woman whose boyfriend (Ivan Sergei) is aggressively obsessed with her. While there are certainly similar themes at play in Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, to say it's simply "different" would be an immense understatement.

This version, which Amber Coney wrote based on a story by James Franco (who also has a supporting role), does feature a young woman involved in an unusual relationship, who also has a conservative mother, but that's about where the similarities stop. The story centers on Leah (Leila George), a theater major who wants to bring her new girlfriend Pearl (Emily Meade) home to meet her mother (Tori Spelling). What neither mother nor daughter realize, though, is that Pearl is actually a vampire, whose bloodsucking cohorts (one of whom is played by Amber) are expecting Pearl to "turn" her new girlfriend.

Over the weekend, I had the chance to speak with Amber over the phone, while she was on location shooting Dead of Summer about how she first met James Franco, how she revamped this cult classic for the 21st Century and much more. We also chatted about Dead of Summer, future projects and much more. Take a look at our conversation below.

Amber Coney: I'm so glad we were able to set this up!

Absolutely. So you're up in Vancouver all summer?

Amber Coney: Yeah. I'll be in L.A. for like a day on Wednesday for my Dead of Summer premiere, but I'm pretty much here until August.

I got a chance to watch this over the weekend, and it was really something else. It's not what I expected at all, but I really didn't know what to expect. I wasn't that familiar with the original movie, so I had no idea what to expect coming in, but I loved it.

Amber Coney: Did you imagine that your kindly little neighbor was working on this story? (Laughs)

(Laughs) Not quite. The first thing I wanted to ask was that I saw James has a story credit on this. I was curious how that worked out. Did he have a draft of the script, or an outline, and you just worked from that?

Amber Coney: Yeah, so he came up with the story, the reinvention and the addition of the lesbian vampires was his idea. He basically called me and said 'Hey, so I'm doing this remake of this 90s cult classic with Tori Spelling, and I'm adding lesbian vampires.' Oh, ok. So, he said 'I want to pitch my idea in the form of a full script. If I sent you an outline, would you be able to write it by next week?' I was like, 'Yeah... maybe... yes, yes.' I really didn't know, but I did it.

A week?

Amber Coney: Yeah! I mean, this is crazy, Brian. I wrote the first draft, like... if you manically saw me going in and out of the apartment, this is why. I sat and I wrote it in four days. It was four days, and one day of editing, and then I sent it to the network, and Lord be with me, I sent it over and they liked it, which was amazing. I pretty much just concentrated my time and just churned it out. I'm kinda crazy like that. So yeah, there was an outline I worked off of and then I just filled it in with the character development and dialogue and all that.

So he had it set up at Lifetime and he just basically needed a script really fast?

Amber Coney: Yeah, so Lifetime actually reached out to him and pitched him the idea to do the remake first. They did A Deadly Adoption, they want to continue on with having these important artists for their revamps, so to speak, of these older movies. That one, A Deadly Adoption, plays it very straight, and he wanted to do something different, with these fantastical elements in play.

I haven't seen the original, but just from what I've read about it, this is just so different. Did you delve into the original at all, or did you just work from his stuff and kind of ignore it?

Amber Coney: Oh, no. I definitely watched the original prior to reading the outline. There are character dynamics that clearly stem from the original, and if you look at the plot, there's a similar progression as well. Of course, I tried to bring in homages. The scene where Leah brings Pearl home for dinner is almost a replica of the scene in the original. If you really look, there are some nods to the original. Obviously the mother character is probably the biggest thing that ties the two together. Even though it's a complete reinvention and clearly so different, it still ties to it. And, also, it explores this fear of sexuality in a different way, but it still explores that idea as the original does.

How did you first come in contact with James? Had you worked with him on something else before he brought you on to work on this?

Amber Coney: I met him at USC. He was there for an event and I was working. I was part of this VIP hosting thing for screenings and I met him there. Then I started acting in his projects, and he got me involved in small roles, and then he figured out I could write, and he put me up to a novel adaptation of this book that him and I were both reading. He was like, 'Do you want to try and write a script for this?' Yeah! My first script ever was an adaptation of this Southern gothic novel about this ostracized mute in this small town.

Was it a (William) Faulkner novel?

Amber Coney: It wasn't Faulkner, it was Nick Cave, he's an author and musician. So I did it, and that was kind of the test, in a way. I did it really fast as well, I only spent a couple of weeks on it. He sent it to his development team and they loved it. That got the ball rolling. Once he realized, 'Oh, this girl is really good,' he would just incessantly send me outlines. I would finish these stories in like a week or two. I'm working on my ninth script with him right now.

Wow. That's crazy. So you also play Sonte in Mother as well, one of the other vampires. Was that always part of the plan, to have you play one of the vampires?

Amber Coney: Yeah. I really wanted to experience this process as a writer, primarily. I wasn't pining for any role particularly, but I definitely wanted to be in it, and I've always wanted to play a vampire. So I called up his producer and said, 'Hey, I have to be in the vampire pack.' He's like, 'Ok.' I still have my fangs in this plastic container. It was really a dream come true.

Did James always have it in his head that he wanted Tori to come back as the mother? I thought she was great in the film. It was a really cool mother-daughter dynamic. Was that always part of his original pitch?

Amber Coney: Yeah! I think we all wanted to bring in the original actors, as many as possible. Her and Ivan were perfect for the roles they played, so it kind of synced up seamlessly, and to all of our benefit. Yeah, she's awesome, and just so great to work with. I loved working with her. She's just such a kind-hearted person and so cool to work with.

Since the whole scripting process came together so quickly, was it the same for the actual shoot? Did you only have a couple of weeks or like a month to shoot this?

Amber Coney: Well, yeah. So, the script was done in a week, but that was Draft 1 and we were working on the script from August to December, when we actually shot. There were so many permutations. We were originally toying with the idea of having a father character instead of a mother character. We had it as Daddy, I Slept With Danger but it sounded a little weird. That was the original title, so a lot changed from that first draft. But yeah, we molded it, and we only shot the movie in a few weeks. It wasn't like we didn't have enough time, we weren't pressed or anything. We shot it over the holidays, which was crazy. It's like, Merry Christmas. Let's make a lesbian vampire film (Laughs).

You also have Dead of Summer coming out this month. It seemed like that came together right after you shot this.

Amber Coney: Yeah, it was crazy. That didn't have anything to do with James, it just came through my reps. It was like one of the first auditions I had for pilot season, so it was really early on, I think February. I got the script and I thought, 'Wow, this is totally something I'd want to do.' I get a lot of scripts and I don't have that strong of a reaction, that's pretty rare. So it's perfect that it worked out! I really, really wanted to be a part of it.

Can you talk a bit about who you play and how she fits into the story?

Amber Coney: Yeah, I play Cricket, her full name is Carolina Diaz. I'm one of the camp counselors that comes back. We were all formerly campers at Camp Stillwater, which is this Midwestern camp. It's really an ensemble piece, this group of counselors plus Deb, played by Liz Mitchell, who is the camp director. We stick together throughout the whole series. Basically, my character is well-worn and snarky and has all these one-liners and all this sass, generally. She kind of uses that humor to cover up some insecurities which you find out about in the flashback episode, which is episode three. It's really cool, because each character gets a flashback episode, where you discover why they act the way that they act, in present day. So, how the show's constructed, it's set in 1989, you have the 1989 present day, we're all really excited, this summer of fun. I really want to snag one of these guys, who's a counselor, this guy who I've had a crush on since I was a kid, and I feel that would validate myself in some way. We're all stoked to be there, and then these really crazy, creepy, ominous things start happening. We don't know what to believe, we don't know what's real, and you see our inner demons and this spirit of the camp manifest. So, that's the present day, then the flashbacks.

It seems, maybe not too dark for Freeform, but it definitely seems to be pushing the envelope of how dark they get.

Amber Coney: Oh yeah, yes, completely. It's perfect for their re-brand, because I don't think there's anything... there's nothing in this genre on Freeform, so it's totally a departure. The thing is, it's very dark, and people obviously die, and there's blood. Even though that's the case, the creators Eddie (Kitsis), Adam (Horowitz) and Ian (B. Goldberg) have said it's really dark, but they don't want to go bleak. There's always going to be some sort of humanity in the story, which I think is important as well. They have to balance all the twisted s--t that happens (Laughs).

You mentioned earlier that you're working on your ninth script with James. Is there anything you can say about that?

Amber Coney: It's gonna be good! I don't want to give anything away. I have to keep all of these under wraps. But yeah, it's been kind of crazy balancing filming and working on scripts, but I know I can do it and I'm excited moving forward. I'm confident I can be a writer-actor at the same time, which was has been my goal all along.

Did you go to USC for writing or was it mainly for acting?

Amber Coney: I was in the Bfa acting program, so that was what my focus was. It was like a conservatory type program, so there were like 16 kids and we were all in the same class and would do ensemble plays together. But, I was at USC, and I had a lot of friends in the film school, and I realized I have to take advantage of the cinema school. I loved movies already and I wanted to educate myself further, so I got a minor in cinema. Most don't have that much room in their schedule, but I'm a super-nerd so I just pursued as many classes as possible. I took a screenwriting class, because I read so many scripts as an actor, and if you read that many scripts, I'm sure as you know, the more scripts you read, you realize what works and what doesn't, what good structure is, how strong characters are built. Then adapting that novel was kind of like my master class. It came to me naturally, but it's been a refining process because I've had opportunities to keep practicing my craft, which is really great. I studied a little bit in school, but mainly it's self-perpetuated.

It's just crazy because the first time I met you, you were working at a restaurant and doing movies or whatever on the side.

Amber Coney: I was hostessing. I know, it's insane. But I've been so determined. I was hosting at Katsuya. I literally kept myself in the lowest position possible, because I didn't want to get too comfortable there. I have to have a fire under my butt, and I won't get comfortable until I get the job that I really want to ultimately do. I'm so glad and I'm never looking back.

I think that's all I have for you. Thanks so much for this, and I hope to see you when you get back in town.

Amber Coney: I know! Yeah, I'll see you when I'm back in L.A. Talk to you soon.

You can watch Amber Coney as the vampire Sonte in Lifetime's Dead of Summer, premiering Saturday, June 18 at 8 Pm Et on Lifetime. Her new series Dead of Summer debuts Tuesday, June 28 at 9 Pm Et on Freeform. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any of Amber's future projects, so stay tuned.
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