Queen of the Lot

Overview

Maverick indie filmmaker Henry Jaglom moves from the sweet poignancy of his 2009 Irene in Time to knowing Hollywood satire with this romantic comedy that finds him teaming with actress Tanna Frederick for the third time. Frederick portrays Maggie Chase, a B-list star who longs to find love and fulfillment and achieve household-name status, but must contend with twin products of her wild behavior: a court-ordered electronic ankle bracelet and temporary house arrest. Fortunately, Maggie has a team of clever spin ...
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Overview

Maverick indie filmmaker Henry Jaglom moves from the sweet poignancy of his 2009 Irene in Time to knowing Hollywood satire with this romantic comedy that finds him teaming with actress Tanna Frederick for the third time. Frederick portrays Maggie Chase, a B-list star who longs to find love and fulfillment and achieve household-name status, but must contend with twin products of her wild behavior: a court-ordered electronic ankle bracelet and temporary house arrest. Fortunately, Maggie has a team of clever spin doctors Ron Vignone, David Proval, Zack Norman, and Diane Salinger, who manage to turn her drunk-driving activities into attention-grabbing tabloid fodder. She also draws on the support of a movie-star beau, Dov Lambert Christopher Rydell, equally known for his no-holds-barred behavior. For a time, it looks as though Maggie's grandest dreams will actualize, as her national fame crescendos, but her life grows more complicated when she follows Dov home to meet his kin, and runs headfirst into a series of show-business legends played by Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher, Kathryn Crosby, Mary Crosby, Sabrina Jaglom, and Jack Heller. She also meets Dov's brother, failed writer Aaron Lambert Noah Wyle, who seems tailor-made for Maggie with his ability to penetrate her superficial facades, but must deal with lingering issues in his own life and past.
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Special Features

Commentary by Henry Jaglom and stars Tanna Frederick & Noah Wyle; Never-before-seen outtakes; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
As a sequel to the 2006 Hollywood Dreams, writer-director Henry Jaglom's seriocomedy Queen of the Lot resumes the chronicle of Maggie Chase, née Margie Chizek Tanna Frederick. At the outset, aspiring actress Maggie lies in bed with her aunt Bee Melissa Leo and watches George Cukor's The Women on television, reflecting candidly that she longs to attain the status once held by Norma Shearer -- "Queen of the Lot." The narrative then leaps forward in time three years, to a point when Maggie has fulfilled her dreams of A-list stature, with lead roles in glossy action pictures. But accompanying the fame are salacious developments ripe for tabloid fodder: a DUI charge, a court-ordered ankle bracelet, and temporary house arrest for Maggie. Over the trajectory of the story, Maggie obtains permission from the cops to relocate to the home of her agent and his partner Zack Norman and David Proval, after which she follows actor boyfriend Dov Lambert Christopher Rydell to the estate owned by his legendary Hollywood parents Jack Heller and Kathryn Grant. At that house, Maggie also crosses paths with Dov's brother, novelist-turned-screenwriter Aaron Lambert Noah Wyle of ER, little realizing that this stranger may soon change her life. For the first half of the picture, Jaglom delights in re-exploring the show-business landscape he's known intimately for over 40 years, with bright, original touches. The most remarkable of these may also be the sneakiest: our initial feeling at the agents' home of complete bewilderment, of being dropped into a maelstrom of characters swirling around the periphery of each scene, and wondering who they are -- minutes before Jaglom begins to identify the individuals populating Maggie and the Lamberts' inner circles, one by one. This expository démarche functions as a profound metaphor for the social fabric of industry life. The filmmaker also tickles the audience with whimsical yet sharp character riffs, each of them delightfully offbeat and unexpected. Take, for example, Maggie's agent, Kaz Norman, who lets the actress stay in the bedroom that he and companion Caesar Proval occupy; the gentlemen spend the night together on a cramped living room couch, and when Caesar complains, Kaz reassures him with a reminder of the percentage they're collecting from the gross on Maggie's films. Or consider the inclusion of a character named Pedja Sapir Peter Bogdanovich -- an arty director who's getting pressured to remake Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise as a Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie vehicle, à la Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jaglom pairs all of this light jocularity with darker and more disturbing glimpses of fame and glamour -- such as the creepiness of lurking and leering paparazzi, the naïveté of Maggie's willful interaction with the clamoring photographers, and the Lamberts' teenage daughter's Sabrina Jaglom conniving and successful attempt to strong-arm Maggie into a show-business deal of her own design. All of this, by itself, would constitute a fascinating movie. But Jaglom one-ups himself by layering, on top of this Hollywood commentary, a winning romance with an unusual angle. When Aaron a sincere and intelligent character who stands in contrast to his ne'er-do-well brother Dov begins to fall headfirst for Maggie, his attraction to her isn't one of idealization, but of deep-seated perception. He instantly recognizes what a warm and vulnerable heart she has, masked by her desperate need for public approval. And in a way that can't quite be articulated, Jaglom somehow enables the audience to catch Aaron's vision of Maggie -- from their first moments together, Aaron knows exactly how special she is, and so do we. Of course, this couldn't happen without the stunning onscreen chemistry that exists between the leads, or superlative performances from both. Frederick, in particular, glows with a unique radiance throughout and brings to bear a whole spectrum of behavioral and emotional complexities that make the character of Maggie as fascinating as she is compelling. And in the gifted Wyle, Jaglom has found the perfect male counterpart for his female lead. In reflecting on Jaglom's prior work, one feels repeatedly struck by each motion picture's singular, cohesive vision. Queen of the Lot is certainly no exception, but it marks a bold leap forward for the filmmaker in terms of the depth and breadth of the canvas on display. In deftly intertwining its two tonally and thematically distinct threads -- the insider's satirical dissection of life in the movie business with the unusually mature adult romance at the center of the story -- Jaglom achieves the perfection of a master artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 684682000291
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Breaking Glass
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,670

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tanna Frederick Maggie Chase, Maggie Chase (aka Margie Chizek)
Ron Vignone , Gio
Noah Wyle Aaron Lambert
Zack Norman , Kaz Naiman
Chris Rydell Dov Lambert
Diane Salinger , Hildy
Paul Sand Ernesto
David Proval Caesar
Kathryn Crosby Elizabeth Lambert
Mary Crosby Frances Lambert Sapir
Peter Bogdanovich Pedja Sapir
Dennis Christopher Odin Johansen
Jack Heller Louis Lambert
Beege Barkette August Johansen
Daisy White Shaelynn Roth
Kelly De Sarla Crowley
Sabrina Jaglom Zoe Lambert
Simon Jaglom Michael Lambert
Tess Wachter Paula Johansen
Cooper Bass John Johansen
Robert Clements Parole Officer
Eliza Roberts Erika
Wendel Meldrum Kylie
Michael Emil Dependency Buster
Linda Carson Dependency Buster
Lisa Pescia Dependency Buster
Robert Hallak Dependency Buster
Lisa Mionie Dependency Buster
F.X. Feeney Interviewer
Tommy Lightfoot Garrett Interviewer
Dianne Lawrence Interviewer
Gil Whiteley Interviewer
Philip Proctor Interviewer
Charles Matthau Card Player
Len Glasser Card Player
Craig Woods Card Player
T.J. Castronovo Card Player
Nathaniel Frederick Butler
Natasha Danilovich Maja (Masseuse)
Phil Donlon Cop #1
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham Cop #2
Edward Sayegh Piano Accompanist
Clinton H. Wallace Paparazzo
Adrian Carr Paparazzo
John Heller Paparazzo
Andrea Ross-Greene Paparazzo
Tiffany Rose Koury Paparazzo
Kevin Parry Paparazzo
Technical Credits
Henry Jaglom Director, Screenwriter
Hanania Baer Cinematographer
Bayard Carey Sound Mixer
Essie Cha Makeup
Rosemary Marks Producer
Cynthia Obsenares Costumes/Costume Designer
Harriet Schock Score Composer
Ron Vignone Editor, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Queen of the Lot
1. Opening Credits [3:49]
2. Temporary Residence [11:35]
3. Conquering Addiction [10:31]
4. Google Points [11:16]
5. The Dinner Party [19:10]
6. Growing Up [14:49]
7. Attraction [9:26]
8. Reality Idea [8:50]
9. Thief [9:37]
10. Small Problem [10:16]
11. Life Story [8:44]
12. End Credits [1:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Queen of the Lot
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      Never Before Seen Outtakes
      Commentary by Director Henry Jaglom and Stars Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle: On
      Commentary by Director Henry Jaglom and Stars Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle: Off
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