This week in The Hills I share this column with Editor-at-Large Bobby Head, who had to cover news in the Hills this week, after I spent the weekend on the set of “The ‘M” Word” opposite my “Living With Ed” leading lady Rachelle Carson-Begley, “Queen of the Lot” leading lady Tanna Frederick and we all had an incredible few days filming at a Brentwood TV station where some of “The ‘M’ Word’s” scenes were shot. But this film is one of the most exciting and entertaining films I’ve ever been a part of. I can hardly wait for Henry Jaglom fans to see his newest incarnation of humor and if you wonder what “M” stands for; it’s menopause. There are more stories, but Bobby will have to tell you those.
I had a 10:30 a.m. call-time on Saturday to get on the set, that is a TV Station directly across from the L.A. Fox affiliate. I was settling in, had wardrobe, makeup done and was turning around and saw the beautiful blonde spectacular star and actress, and my dearest friend Rachelle Carson-Begley walk on the Jaglom set. “Hi Rachelle,” I screamed, and we ran to each other and hugged. We chatted for a few minute, caught up, which we always love to do, and within an hour, everyone was ready for their close-up with Henry Jaglom.
Our cast is filled with some of the most exciting people in TV and film today. My friend of 31 years, Mary Crosby, known as the woman who shot J.R. Ewing in 1980 on the hit CBS primetime soap “Dallas” is in the cast, my friend Gregory Harrison, who people remember from “Trapper John, M.D.” and “Falcon Crest,” but I was stunned that Henry cast Rachelle and me again in this latest creation. Rachelle like me has done a Jaglom film before, and we love the genius that is Henry Jaglom.
But what came out of Henry’s great direction was a shockingly exciting and very poignant scene in “The ‘M’ Word” from the blonde beauty Rachelle. I always knew she was a superb actress, hell, I loved working with her on the set of her own show “Living With Ed,” but Henry pressed us for hours in a very emotional scene, which out of the almost 35 women and 5 men, Rachelle came out of it on top. Beating even me! Yes, I have to admit it. I was astonished by her emotional revelation during the scene, and not only will Rainbow Film fans and Jaglom lovers enjoy this scene led by Rachelle, but there will also be Oscar and Golden Globe talk next season for this mesmerizing and powerful performance.
But it wasn’t all tears and drama. There is a lot of comedy in the film too. Rachelle’s character and my character both work tighter at a TV station where Gregory Harrison’s Mack Riley does something that causes a lot of trauma to others. It’s a brilliantly written script, and due to Riley’s behavior, our characters are pushed to the edge. One of us ends up being fired, and both of us end up in handcuffs! Yes, Rachelle’s and my character join in a (movement) that will have lasting repercussions and absolutely hilarious results to many other characters involved.
All led by Moxie Landon (played by Award-winning superstar Tanna Frederick). Lets just say her move in response to the situation Riley has put the TV station in comes out of nowhere, but takes a shocking number of twists and turns that only Billy Wilder and the great Henry Jaglom could come up with. Now that Wilder’s gone, we are all lucky to have Jaglom to take his place. This is in my humble but educated opinion to be Jaglom’s best film ever. And he has many greats! It’s really the best performance I’ve ever seen in Rachelle, and the film won’t disappoint or bore anyone. That I promise!
On a side note, just as I was about to throw out an empty water bottle, Rachelle grabs it out of my hand, sticks it in her purse to take home and recycle. So I see my dear friend Ed has finally rubbed off on Rachelle. Poor Rachelle, but good for the environment. In the scene that leaves Rachelle’s character and my own in legal turmoil, her character decided to call someone for help, who is very famous, and I called someone even more famous! Lets hope they both can get our on screen alter egos out of trouble! For “Living With Ed” fans, Ed and Rachelle are building their “green” dream house presently, but not leaving the region! Now, here’s our Editor-at-Large, Bobby!
This week in the Hills, Beverly Hills resident Tommy Garrett and Studio City beauty Rachelle Carson-Begley are not the only big stories in the Hills this week! The Hollywood Christmas Parade, including “B&B” superstars Jack Wagner, Heather Tom and Jacob Young, will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Friday, December 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. Check local listings for the CW airdates and times in your city.
Also, “B&B” veteran John McCook will be narrating “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with the Orange County’s Pacific Symphony on December 15, 16 and 17. The performances will be held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa beginning at 8 p.m. each evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.pacificsymphony.org/main.taf?p=9,5,6,6&productionID=7997&PerfID=8006.
Ashton Kutcher has moved in with some male friends after wife Demi Moore filed for divorce. But on the good news front for Kutcher, CBS’s “Two And a Half” has risen again in the ratings, proving that CBS made the right decision to replace Sherman Oaks resident Charlie Sheen with handsome Ashton Kutcher. Here’s hoping the ratings surge is not temporary, since Ashton deserves the success!
Also, Tommy knows the scoop! And he tells Highlight Hollywood readers not to miss the upcoming conclusion to the ‘Who Killed Diane Jenkins’ mystery on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott are led by Bel Air based producer and head writer Maria Arena Bell, who Tommy says belongs on camera, just as much as she does behind the scenes. She’s not only talented but beautiful as well.
And my scoop for the week, pick up the latest CBS Soaps In Depth magazine, which has exclusive details of Adrianne Frantz’s beautiful wedding to actor Scott Bailey. We hope to see you again next week – in the Hills!
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett, with reporting By: Bobby Head
Photograph Courtesy: Andrea Ross-Greene (Rachelle Carson-Begley and Tommy Lightfoot Garrett on set in Brentwood, Tommy’s wearing Hugo Boss, Beverly Hills and Harry Winston Jewelry)
Follow us on Twitter @HighlightHlwd; @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd