Monday, April 22, 2024

Jane Fonda’s Movie Renaissance Is Thriving at 74


Jane Fonda is 74, looks fantastic, and has jumped back into movie roles with a vengeance. Last night her newest film, Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” premiered to a wildly enthusiastic audience for the Womens Media Center– and included costars Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nat Wolff (and parents Polly Draper and Michael Wolff), Chase Crawford, plus Gloria Steinem, Robert Wuhl, Tovah Feldshuh, Carol Alt, Ashleigh Banfield, Joshua Bell, Heather Matarazzo, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brandt, Roberta Myers, Jennifer Missoni. Gina Gershon among others.

In “Peace Love”–which opens Friday–Jane plays a sexy, feisty grandmother who takes in her daughter (Keener) and her kids (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat Wolff). She also has a much younger boyfriend in Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It’s a funny set up, and Fonda will probably get a Golden Globe nominations and some other awards activity next fall if IFC Films mounts a campaign. She’s that good of course (she already has two Oscars, you know).

But this is also a Fonda Renaissance period. On June 24, she debuts in HBO’s “The Newsroom” created by Aaron Sorkin. In the preview clips, you can’t take your eyes off of her. Sorkin is said to be writing her an even bigger role for the second season. And Fonda is also starring in “Better Living Through Chemistry,” with an all star cast. And she narrates the movie. Of course, let’s not forget she’ll be playing Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.”

And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say: Jane’s son, Troy Garity, starts his second season of “Boss” on the Starz channel in August.

And yes, in case you were wondering, Fonda is happy, happy and in love with famed record producer Richard Perry, who’s writing his own memoir right now of Hollywood and rock and roll with Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, the Pointer Sisters, and friends like Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson.

Meantime, don’t miss “Peace Love” when it opens this Friday. It’s for adults. No flying, or special effects. It’s NOT in 3D. But, like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” it’s human and fun. Just like a real movie



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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