Block Telesales Calls NOW
Receive no more
The seductive divorcee, Joyce Ficket (ANN MAGNUSON), in "A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON," a rambunctious comedy from Island Pictures, written and directed by William Richert.
"She seized the moment because it was just irresistible," comments versatile writer-performer-actress ANN MAGNUSON of her character's seduction of the teenaged Jimmy Reardon. "As written, she was hipper than the usual suburban housewife, so when I made up a background for her I decided that she'd secretly posed for a centerfold, seen Lenny Bruce and puffed on a Marijuana cigarette -- but prefers highballs." It must be remembered that the movie is set in 1962.
The imaginative creation of comic characters has made Magnuson one of the best known performers to emerge from Manhattan's downtown art scene. She also has a parallel career as an actress, having played parts in such diverse fare as Tony Scott's "The Hunger" and Sara Driver's "Sleepwalk." After a bit part as a cigarette girl in Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan," she took on the starring role in the director's next film, "Making Mr. Right."
Magnuson's character gallery includes a cocktail lounge chanteuse who sings to Muzak in an elevator (the act is called "Upward Mobility") and a television evangelist caught between the channels of public access. Satire and absurdity are the keynotes. "I have no fear of appearing foolish in public, undoubtedly coming from a case of arrested adolescence," she comments.
Magnuson's work has been seen in numerous clubs, cabarets, theatres and art spaces in the U.S., Europe and Japan, as well as in film, video and television. These include the Whitney Museum (for her tribute to Muzak) in New York; Club 57 (which she originally founded and managed) and The Kitchen in New York, the Lhasa Club and LACE in Los Angeles, The Smart Bar in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Brattle Theatre in Boston and Lincoln Center in New York.
The daughter of a lawyer, Magnuson was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and attended Denison University. She came to New York to intern as a director at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and gravitated to the Lower East Side art scene. After founding and managing Club 57, located in the basement of a Polish church where "artists and suburban refugees gathered and grooved," she began performing.
She has also done video pieces ("Vandemonium," "Cinemax Comedy Experiment" and "Made For TV," shown on PBS's "Alive From Off Center") and has started several musical groups (Pulsallama, Vulcan Death Grip, Bleecker Street Incident). Her newest musical project, "Bongwater," is on Shimmy Disc Records.
Manguson's journalistic sallies have been published in the Soho Weekly News, among others, and she is prominently mentioned in two books, The East Village Scene: Art After Midnight and Downtown and the Avant-Garde in New York.
"This mother does not make a martyr of herself," comments JANE HALLAREN of her droll portrayal in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon." Caught in the warfare between father and son, she simply tries to negotiate peace between them and be funny about it.
Acting is the second career for Hallaren, who was previously an international modeling agent for Eileen Ford and Stuart models, working in Paris, London and New York. Her first audition was for the Broadway production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." "I was 28 and my character was ten. It made up for the time I missed," she quips. Subsequently, she worked at the Public Theatre ("Little Black Sheep," "Flux," "Museum"), off-Broadway ("Getting Through the Night," "Who Killed Richard Corey?") and in London ("In the Boom Boom Room," "Honey").
Hallaren has also appeared in a number of films, her favorites being "Body Heat," in which she plays a snarly waitress, John Sayles' "Lianna" and "Modern Romance" with Albert Brooks, whom she calls "the funniest man in the world." For television, she has appeared in the television film "Rita Hayworth: Love Goddess" and "Stark," and on numerous hit series such as "Family Ties," "Simon and Simon" and "Hill Street Blues."
A native of New York, Hallaren presently makes her home in Los Angeles.
Born in Germany but raised in Vancouver, PAUL KOSLO has previously been one of everybody's favorite hopped-up maniacs and killers. "The Annihilators," "Vanishing Point" and "The Laughing Policeman" are a few of the many movies in which he was memorably featured. In "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon," Koslo reveals another facet of his talent: As father to an outrageous teenage son, he learns to temper himself; as wayward husband he suffers humiliation with admirable dignity.
Over the years, Koslo has appeared in literally hundreds of television programs. Series such as "The A-Team," "T. J. Hooker" and "Trapper John, M.D." have showcased his angry mavericks along with more serious presentations such as "Roots - The Next Generation." Some of his other films include "Freebie and the Bean," "Mr. Majestyk," "Rooster Cogburn" and "The Voyage of the Damned." He played the town mayor in Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" and will soon be seen in the upcoming films "Caribe" and "Robojox."