Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jane Fonda: Hot Movie Goes to Toronto, Book Hits Top of Best Seller List


Jane Fonda has gotten the last laugh on QVC. This week her book, “Prime Time,” hits number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller list of hardcover tomes on advice. Remember when QVC dropped her at the last minute? Now “Prime Time” is a huge hit and Fonda is hard at work on the sequel. She’s still making appearances for it though. Watch her “Charlie Rose” interview on YouTube, it’s fascinating.

Meanwhile, Fonda is heading to Toronto next week for the premiere of her new film, “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.” Distributors are lining up to see this Bruce Bereford directed family saga that co-stars Catherine Keener, Kyle Maclachlan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Elizabeth Olsen–the latter is hot right now from her upcoming “Martha May Marcy Marlene.”

Fonda plays Grace, a hippie, pot smoking mom who is reunited with her adult daughter (Keener) and her kids after Maclachlan leaves them. Fonda’s role is hilarious and just right for her. She tells me: “Catherine’s character shows up with her kids. They haven’t spoken in 2o years since my character got caught selling pot at her wedding.” Fonda’s Grace is her daughter’s polar opposite, too. “She sleeps with all the good looking guys in town!” Jane told me.

“Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding” has quite a pedigree coming into Toronto, too: Beresford’s many films include the award winning “Tender Mercies.” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Breaker Morant,” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” He’s been nominated for two Oscars and four Palm D’Or at Cannes. Fonda only has two Oscars and countless nominations.

But: “This is NOT my comeback!” Jane says. “That was ‘Monster in Law.” This is just a movie I’m very proud of. We had a great time making it, too. I like movies that are upbeat, and about love and happiness.”

P.S. If you order “Prime Time” electronically, through amazon or ITunes, it comes with a bunch of digital extras including 50 photos and videos not included with the hardcover. Very cool.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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