This past Sunday, Jamie was awarded the “Greatest Scream Queen” award at the MTV Awards that celebrated the greatest of all time in a variety of awards. You can check out her acceptance speech in the video below, beginning at the 7:55 mark.
Equally sad and uplifting, this piece of news is coming from Deadline.com, reporting about Jamie Lee Curtis officiating the wedding of a Halloween superfan shortly before his death.
A terminally ill fan got a final wish fulfilled, courtesy of Jamie Lee Curtis and Rough House Productions.
Anthony Woodle, a super horror fan, married his longtime girlfriend Emilee in a ceremony officiated by ordained minister Curtis. The 29-year-old aspiring director had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019. But just prior to that, he had been in touch with Rough House Productions, the South Carolina house that is reviving the Halloween franchise.
Through them, he was connected with Curtis. They talked about the new movie, his health, and how he planned to get married soon. Curtis offered to officiate, and arrangements were made for Sept. 13.
The day of the ceremony saw Woodle’s health deteriorate dramatically. Curtis was on the phone as Woodle’s family surrounded the bed where he lay unconscious, with Emilee at his side. The ceremony started at 10:30 PM.
“Anthony and Emilee, all anyone is promised is this moment,” Curtis said. “We live and we love in this moment. May the blessings of God rest upon you, may his peace abide with you, may her spirit illuminate your heart now, in this moment. With the power vested in me by the internet, it is my great pleasure to tell you that you are now married people.”
Woodle died at 11:17 PM.
Before he died, Woodle and Emilee were the first outsiders to watch the upcoming thriller Halloween Kills. Director David Gordon Green set up a private screening of the film, which will be released in 2021.
“That was the most I’ve seen him smile — during and after the movie,” Emilee said to Charleston’s Post and Courier media outlet.
The gallery has been updated with HD captures from Jamie’s role in Forever Young, as well as captures from her Variety.com Virtual Hang with Neve Campbell from yesterday.
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- Screencaps > 2020s > 10/22 – Variety.com: Jamie [Virtually] Chats with Neve Campbell 
The Laurie Strode-Sidney Prescott horror movie crossover of your dreams happened over a Zoom call.
Variety convened the stars behind the iconic films “Halloween” and “Scream” — Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell — for a legends-only talk about their rare positions in Hollywood as franchise leaders and to compare notes on their decades rebooting and revitalizing their slasher films.
They are, on the whole, thankful for the time they spent smeared with what they call “sticky stage blood,” as the genre kick-started both their careers. “Two really grateful scream queens here,” Curtis says, after previously showing off her Michael Myers coronavirus mask.
However, they’re certainly not afraid to discuss the sexism they endured in terms of compensation in spite of playing the hero for so many years.
Both the “Scream” and “Halloween” franchises generated more than $600 million at the box office, launching multiple sequels and solidifying Ghostface’s and Meyers’ places as top-shelf villains. While that brought in major cash for the local Spirit Halloween store and took over prominent space in pop culture, how did their female leads fare?
“The truth of the matter is, I didn’t really make much money off of the horror movies,” Curtis says. “Look, we’re actors, so we already make more money based on the little work we do. It’s hard to ever say, ‘I didn’t make a lot of money.’ Tell that to a teacher or nurse. But as a young actress, I did not. I did not have ownership in the movies. There was no profit participation. There was no back end. … There was no large amount of money made.”
As such, Curtis saw a disconnect between the films’ success and her own. “Obviously someone was making a lot of money — it was not me,” she says, “and it was only in the latter years — the ‘H2O,’ the 2018 ‘Halloween,’ which, by the way, we made for scale.”
Campbell had the same experience, saying that on “Scream 3” she “did all right but no back end. There’s always the promise of back end. And then, of course, it’s drowned in publicity and costs and all the reasons they say, ‘Oh, actually no, we didn’t make the amount of money that we’re claiming we made in all the press, so that we don’t have to give you that,’ unfortunately. It was the Weinsteins.”
The struggle for equal compensation for starring women, like many battles in Hollywood, is a systemic issue.
“The industry has no problem when a man makes millions of dollars on something that’s a franchise,” says Curtis. “We as a society go, ‘Good on ya!’ But then if a woman says, ‘Well, I would like that same piece of the pie,’ I think people would think you’re being greedy, or you’re not being grateful. As if somehow we as women have to be just grateful for the opportunity. Which we already explained we are!”
Campbell agrees, saying simply, “We would like to make equal.” Adds Curtis: “We have both worked for many, many, many years to continue our careers. At some point it’s OK to say, ‘No, I’m going to get paid this or I’m not going to be able to play in your sandbox.’”
Despite their mutual aversion to the medium (Campbell was scarred by a sleepover screening of “The Changeling,” and Curtis had the same experience watching “The Exorcist” for her 15th birthday), both hold horror in the highest regard. “They did great things for my career, great things for my life. I had fun on them,” says Campbell of her “Scream” films.
Neither actor could foresee the ripple effect these genre-pioneering movies would have on the films that followed. It’s a legacy that has stretched for decades, with both stars recently returning to their characters. Curtis revived Strode for the 2018 Blumhouse “Halloween” sequel (with two more films to follow), and Campbell will return to Woodsboro this year for “Scream 5.”
“[On] the first [film], none of us were anybody,” says Campbell. “Courteney Cox was in the first year of ‘Friends.’ I was in the first year of ‘Party of Five.’ Matthew Lillard, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan. All of us got these careers afterward. We were just young and innocent. I remember sitting around a bonfire and thinking, ‘Do you think if people see this movie that there might be a Halloween costume? Nah!’”
Curtis says her casting in the 1978 “Halloween” was low pressure: “We had nothing to lose; we didn’t know that we had anything to gain. We were just so happy to have this gig. The original ‘Halloween’ was made in 17 days with like 12 people. … Everybody was young. There was magic happening and none of us, not one person — I would dare say even John Carpenter and Debra Hill — I don’t think anybody knew.”
According to her Instagram, Jamie is set to host a virtual Halloween parade this year! Check out the text below, and check back later for additional news once we have it.
Since COVID put the kibosh on much of the HALLOWEEN festivities, this year we can stay home safe AND celebrate. I’ll be hosting a virtual Halloween costume parade here on my Instagram page, and I want YOU to be a part of it. Stay tuned for more details later this month, but get your costumes ready.
As the market for niche and boutique releases grow, it’s only natural that we get to see more and more of Jamie’s films get new releases. Though Scream Factory has already released Roadgames on Blu-Ray as part of their Collector’s Edition series, Powerhouse films is bringing it to Region B with their Indicator series.
This release also features a new transfer of the film, as well as all new special features. Check out the details below:
- New 2020 restoration from a 4K scan of the duplicate negative, produced exclusively for this release
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with director Richard Franklin (2003)
- Audio commentary with cinematographer Vincent Monton, costume designer Aphrodite Kondos, production secretary Helen Watts, and film historian Mark Hartley (2019)
- Audio commentary with writers and programmers Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe (2020)
- Kangaroo Hitchcock (2003): archival documentary on the making of Roadgames featuring interviews with Franklin and actor Stacy Keach
- Australian Long Haul (2019): actor Stacy Keach discusses the role of Pat Quid and working in Australia
- Audio interview with Stacy Keach (2016): further thoughts on the film by the actor
- Audio interview with Richard Franklin (2001): the director recalls his early career as a filmmaker and the production of Roadgames
- Archival Interview with Richard Franklin (1981): documentary profile of the director
- Audio interview with Grant Page (2016): an in-depth discussion with the actor and stunt co-ordinator
‘Not Quite Hollywood’ Interview Excerpts (2008): over an hour of outtakes from Hartley’s acclaimed documentary on Australian cinema, featuring Franklin, Page, actors Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, screenwriter Everett De Roche, and assistant director Tom Burstall
- Roadgames: A Lecture (1980): archival recording of Franklin, co-producer Barbi Taylor and composer Brian May discussing the making of the film
- Neil Sinyard on ‘Roadgames’ (2020): newly filmed appreciation by the British film historian
- …And His Ghost May Be Heard (1973): rare short film by Franklin, marking his first collaboration with Roadgames cinematographer Monton
- Script Read (1980): audio recording of a pre-production read-through, featuring Franklin and actors Keach and Marion Edward
- Music demos: excerpts from the Brian May score in demo form
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Lee Gambin, extensive archival interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis, Franklin’s 1980 Alfred Hitchcock obituary, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Mark Hartley on …And His Ghost May Be Heard, and film credits
- Limited edition exclusive double-sided poster
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
- Region B-locked