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 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

When Harvard University law student “Charlie Farrow” (Patrick Dempsey) accidentally kills the son of a mob boss in a fight, he must go on the RUN, and finds himself relentlessly pursued by the mob and the police. The death takes place at an illegal poker game conducted by dealer “Karen Landers” (Kelly Preston).

Kelly Preston in RUN

Actress Tracy Pollan was originally cast as Karen Landers, but agreed to leave the production on 22 April 1990, because she was “no longer right for the role.” The 11 May 1990 Daily Variety announced Kelly Preston as Pollan’s replacement. Preston was trained by experts in card dealing, and practiced long hours in preparation for her role. She also performed some of her own stunts.

Geoff Burrowes directed the 1991 thriller, which was budgeted at $16 million, but returned a paltry $4.4 million at the box office. Phil Marshall’s score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston and John Travolta were married in 1991, traveling to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony was required because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta were Scientologists), was considered invalid. The second ceremony took place on September 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Preston’s career had a lower profile immediately after her marriage. She did a television film for Fox (THE PERFECT BRIDE, 1991); another one for Turner Network Television (THE AMERICAN CLOCK, 1993); a Betty Thomas-directed comedy that didn’t get a U.S. release (ONLY YOU, 1992); and a direct-to-video thriller (DOUBLE CROSS, 1994).

Also in 1994, Preston had the lead role in a western made for the Starz channel. In CHEYENNE WARRIOR, she played “Mrs. Rebecca Carver,” a beautiful young and pregnant woman left stranded at an isolated old trading post during the early part of the Westward Expansion. Nursing a broken heart (due to her recently killed husband), she has no one to rely on aside from the handsome Cheyenne brave (Pato Hoffman) she just recently nursed back to health from death's door. Dan Haggerty played the proprietor of the trading post.

Kelly Preston and Pato Hoffman in CHEYENNE WARRIOR

Mark Griffiths directed the film, which aired on 22 July 1994. Arthur Kempel’s score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the Robert Rodriguez action horror thriller FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, two criminal brothers (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. Kelly Preston had a small role as “Kelly Houge,” a newscaster who is reporting on the brothers’ rampage early on in the film.

Preston was offered the role of the newscaster after meeting Quentin Tarantino through her husband John Travolta, while he was filming PULP FICTION (1994). Graeme Revell's score for the 1996 film had two tracks on the Epic Soundtrax CD.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston had a co-starring role in 1996's CITIZEN RUTH, a film from cult director Alexander Payne. The film follows "Ruth Stoops" (Laura Dern), an irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman, who finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides. Ruth is bailed out of jail by conservative zealots “Norm and Gail Stoney” (Kurtwood Smith and Mary Kay Place). Ruth moves in with them, so they can control her movements until the baby arrives.

Later, Gail's best friend Diane (Swoosie Kurtz) volunteers to take over the job of housing Ruth. But it turns out that Diane is a pro-choice spy within Gail’s right-wing Christian group. Soon, Ruth is in Diane's place, where she is surrounded by pro-choice leftists, which include Diane's lesbian lover, “Rachel” (Kelly Preston), and “Harlan” (M.C. Gainey), a hardened Vietnam War amputee.

Kelly Preston and Laura Dern in CITIZEN RUTH

Even for a low-budget independent film, CITIZEN RUTH performed poorly at the box office, with only $337,000 in ticket sales. Rolfe Kent's score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston returned to major filmmaking in a big way with her co-starring role in 1996’s JERRY MAGUIRE. When sports agent “Jerry Maguire” (Tom Cruise) has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his former colleague (Renée Zellweger). Maguire is swiftly abandoned by his high-powered fiancée (Kelly Preston).

Kelly Preston in JERRY MAGUIRE

Kelly Preston practiced her punches with legendary boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. Cameron Crowe directed this comedy-drama. Nancy Wilson (who was then married to Crowe) provided some “theme music” for the film, but otherwise the picture had a song score, which was released on an Epic Soundtrax CD. JERRY MAGUIRE was the #4 film of 1996, grossing $154 million in the U.S.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In ADDICTED TO LOVE, when lovesick small-town astronomer “Sam” (Matthew Broderick) loses his one true love “Linda” (Kelly Preston) to the thrall of the big city, he packs up his things and goes in search of her, sure in his heart that she'll be back in his loving arms soon. His plans are soon stymied when he discovers that Linda has moved in with “Anton” (Tcheky Karyo), a French émigré and owner of a swank Greenwich Village bistro. Into this mix comes “Maggie” (Meg Ryan), Anton's ex-girlfriend.

Matthew Broderick and Kelly Preston in ADDICTED TO LOVE

Griffin Dunne made his directorial debut with this 1997 film. ADDICTED TO LOVE landed just outside of the top 60 films of the year, with a $34.7 million gross. Rachel Portman’s score split the TVT Soundtrax CD with 8 songs.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In HOLY MAN, Jeff Goldblum plays “Ricky Hayman,” a top executive at the Good Buy Shopping Network (GBSN). He's a craven, soulless, and moderately powerful paragon of modern life who harbors contempt for the products he hawks as well as the lovely models he dates. But Ricky's job is hanging by a thread, and he must prove his mettle to the station's new owner (Robert Loggia) and his pert new media analyst “Kate Newell” (Kelly Preston). Enter the mysterious “holy man” named “G” (Eddie Murphy), a pilgrim who first appears to him by the side of the highway. G attaches himself to Ricky, and is apparently here on a mission to guide Ricky toward the real meaning of life.

Kelly Preston, Jeff Goldblum, and Eddie Murphy in HOLY MAN

Stephen Herek directed this 1998 comedy-drama. The $60 million production was reviled by the critics and was a disaster at the box office, grossing just $12 million. Alan Silvestri’s score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

JACK FROST (Michael Keaton), a father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son “Charlie” (Joseph Cross), before he is gone forever. Kelly Preston is wife and mother “Gabby Frost.”

Joseph Cross, Kelly Preston, and Michael Keaton in JACK FROST

Renée Zellweger, with whom Kelly Preston had co-starred in JERRY MAGUIRE, was considered for the role of Gabby Frost. Troy Miller directed this 1998 holiday comedy-drama. The special effects-heavy film cost $85 million to produce, but returned less than half of that at the box office. Trevor Rabin’s score had one track on the song-track CD released by Mercury Records.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2020 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, Kevin Costner plays “Billy Chapel,” an aging pitcher who has been buttoning down a Detroit Tigers jersey for 19 years. One of the most respected pitchers around the league, Chapel played a major role in the team’s 1984 World Series Championship and has outstanding career statistics. Unfortunately, every career must come to a close and Chapel can sense he is writing his final chapter.

Chapel has been told by the general manager that if he does not retire after a game versus the New York Yankees, he will be traded. Giving every ounce of energy he has and throwing his best stuff, Chapel begins to reminisce about his other true love, “Jane Aubrey” (Kelly Preston). He remembers vital occurrences in their relationship, ranging from when they first met, to the day he severely cut his pitching hand and almost ended his career.

Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston in FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

Both Jane's career (writing) and name (Jane Aubrey) are probably references to author Jane Austen. Additionally, the title of Jane's article that Billy Chapel reads during spring training, "Scents and Sensibilities", is an obvious play on "Sense and Sensibilities", one of Jane Austen's most famous novels.

Sam Raimi directed this 1999 nostalgia piece, which cost an estimated $80 million to produce. But the film took in only $35 million at the U.S. box office and just $11 million overseas, where baseball is not a major sport. Basil Poledouris’ score had a one-track suite on the album of songs released by MCA. Varese Sarabande released a separate 10-track album of the score.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

BATTLEFIELD EARTH was a passion project for John Travolta. The film was based on a novel by Scientologist guru L. Ron Hubbard. In the film, Travolta plays “Terl,” from the planet Psychlo, which, sometime before the year 3000, has taken control of the Earth, wiped out civilization, and sent the remnants of the human race heading for the hills, where they've reverted to wearing buckskin, living in tribes, and carrying spears.

The gods, it seems, turned away from mankind after it became too selfish and greedy, and so the demons, like Terl, descended. But one human, “Jonnie” (Barry Pepper), wants to see the so-called demons for himself. Riding out of the hills on horseback, he meets other men, but they are eventually captured. But a rebellion against the Psychlons is brewing. Kelly Preston has a small role in the film as “Chirk,” one of Terl’s concubines.

John Travolta and Kelly Preston in BATTLEFIELD EARTH

John Travolta and Kelly Preston wrote the latter's cameo scene themselves. Roger Christian directed the 2000 sci-fi film, which had a reported budget of $73 million. The film’s total worldwide gross was only $30 million. Elia Cmiral’s score was released by Varese Sarabande.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

VIEW FROM THE TOP focuses on “Donna Jensen” (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is going nowhere in Silver Spring, a small town in Nevada that seems to collect whatever Las Vegas kicks off its premises. Her mother is a former exotic dancer and is now on her fourth husband. Donna works at a dead-end job at a department store, and was just recently dumped by her boyfriend who fell for the girl working the “barbeque” department.

While in a depressed state at the neighborhood bar, Donna finds inspiration in an "Oxygen" television book-interview of “Sally Weston” (Candice Bergen), the world's most famous flight attendant and self-acclaimed motivational speaker. Sally's best-selling book inspires Donna to become a flight attendant, leave Silver Spring and see the world. She starts at the lowly commuter company, Sierra Airlines, and quickly goes from being a nervous wreck, yelling, "the plane is going to crash!" to the best in the company. Realizing she can do better, Donna grabs some of her close co-worker friends, “Christine Montgomery” (Christina Applegate) and “Sherry” (Kelly Preston) and soon applies to Royalty, a prestigious international airline that travels to all of the big cites, even Paris, France.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Preston in VIEW FROM THE TOP

Bruno Barreto directed the film, which wrapped filming in 2001, and was originally scheduled for a Christmas 2001 release. Then after initial disappointing tests, it was rescheduled for an April 2002 release. However, after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. of September 11, 2001, the studio felt it was not appropriate to release a comedy which made light of airline flight crews. After another year on the shelf, and another round of edits, which cut out cameo appearances by Robert Stack and Regis Philbin, the film was finally released in March 2003. The film didn’t come close to cracking the top 100 films of the year, grossing only $23.6 million.

None of Theodore Shapiro’s score made it on to the Curb Records song-track CD.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In WHAT A GIRL WANTS, Amanda Bynes is “Daphne Reynolds,” the spirited daughter of a wedding singer and single mom named “Libby” (Kelly Preston). Daphne has always dreamed of meeting her father, but her parents split up before he even knew she was going to be born, and he doesn't know anything about her. After she graduates from high school, Daphne hops on a plane and shows up at his house. Except it isn't exactly a house -- it's a mansion. It turns out her father is “Lord Henry Dashwood” (Colin Firth), who has just given up his hereditary seat in the House of Lords to stand for office in England, just like a commoner.

Kelly Preston in WHAT A GIRL WANTS

Kelly Preston and Oliver James did all of their own singing in this film. Dennie Gordon directed the film, which opened in the U.S. just two weeks after VIEW FROM THE TOP. But the modestly budgeted film ($25 million) did better at the box office than VIEW, grossing $36 million. None of Rupert Gregson-Williams’ score (or Kelly Preston’s singing) appeared on the Atlantic Records song-track CD.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Based on the classic Dr. Seuss story, the live-action THE CAT IN THE HAT stars Mike Myers as the mischievous Cat. Here, the Cat is kind of a teacher to his two young friends. “Conrad” (Spencer Breslin) must learn to follow the rules, and “Sally” (Dakota Fanning) has to learn to loosen up and not be so bossy. And they have to learn to appreciate one another. Also new to the film, a neighbor (Alec Baldwin) schemes to marry the kids' mother (Kelly Preston) and have Conrad sent to a military boarding school. Meanwhile, the Cat creates absolute chaos and the kids react with a mixture of horror and delight in seeing things like the "don't you touch anything" living room covered in splotches of purple goo.

Kelly Preston in THE CAT IN THE HAT

Bo Welch directed the 2003 holiday release, Kelly Preston’s third film of the year. The effects-laden film cost a whopping $103 million to make, and lost money in the U.S., even with a $101 million gross. International business added only $33 million, perhaps because Dr. Seuss is more of an American icon. David Newman’s score was released by Decca/Universal.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The Disney fantasy comedy SKY HIGH is set in a time when superheroes are commonly known and accepted. Young “Will Stronghold” (Michael Angarano), the son of “The Commander” (Kurt Russell) and “Jetstream” (Kelly Preston), tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Kelly Preston and Kurt Russell in SKY HIGH

To make him more comfortable, Kurt Russell's suit had a cooling system--a tube where iced water circulated. But Kelly Preston's suit didn't, because it was so tight. Mike Mitchell directed the 2005 release. The $35 million production did reasonably well at the U.S. box office, taking in $64 million. Michael Giacchino’s score did not make an appearance on the Hollywood Records song-track CD. Intrada released it in 2017.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

When a family falls victim to a vicious attack perpetrated as a gang initiation ritual, the vengeful father, “Nick Hume” (Kevin Bacon), vows to track down each person involved in the crime. A sympathetic homicide detective (Aisha Tyler) questions her pledge to assist Hume after suspecting that he may have turned to delivering a DEATH SENTENCE as a means of exacting his revenge. Kelly Preston plays Nick’s wife, “Helen Hume.”

Kelly Preston in DEATH SENTENCE

The film was based on the book Death Sentence, the direct sequel novel to Death Wish, which itself was made into the movie DEATH WISH (1974) starring Charles Bronson. The Bronson movie spawned four sequels, none of which were influenced by the novel series. Author Brian Garfield did not care for any of the sequels, due to how they departed from his original character and theme in the books.

James Wan directed the 2007 crime drama, which grossed a meager $9.5 million domestically. Charlie Clouser’s score did not get a release.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston co-starred with husband John Travolta and Robin Williams in the 2009 family comedy OLD DOGS. “Charlie” (Travolta) and “Dan” (Williams) have been friends and business partners for over 30 years. Charlie, despite being in his 50s, is a player. Dan, on the other hand, is unlucky in love. They're on the verge of making the deal of their lives with a Japanese company when Dan's one-time flame “Vicki” (Kelly Preston) shows up and drops the bomb on him: he's the father of her twin 7-year-old children, “Zach” (Conner Rayburn) and “Emily” (Ella Bleu Travolta).

What's worse, Vicki is scheduled to serve some jail time, and she is desperate to find someone to care for the children for two weeks. Dan is horrible with kids, but he wants to spend some time with his own children, so he reluctantly agrees. He also coerces the equally inept Charlie to help him.

Ella Bleu Travolta (John and Kelly’s real-life daughter) and Kelly Preston in OLD DOGS

Walt Becker directed the film. John Debney’s score did not get a release.

OLD DOGS was originally 107 minutes long, adult-oriented, with an [R] rating, and scheduled to be distributed through Disney's company Touchstone Pictures. After the test screening went poorly, Disney decided to distribute the film through Walt Disney Pictures and aim it toward children, cutting the film by 19 minutes and removing all adult jokes so that it would obtain a [PG] rating.

The film's release date was then postponed three times. First, due to co-star Bernie Mac's untimely death. The second time was for the death of John Travolta and Kelly Preston's son, Jett Travolta. The final time was because Robin Williams had a health scare that required surgery. All of the postponements ultimately caused the movie to be released more than a year after the original, intended release date, finally opening on 25 November 2009. The $35 million production saw a profit, returning $49 million in the U.S., and another $47 million internationally.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Author Nicholas Sparks wrote the screenplay for THE LAST SONG as a vehicle for Miley Cyrus, and then adapted it into a novel, which was released shortly before the film. THE LAST SONG introduces us to “Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller” (Cyrus), a young piano prodigy reluctantly whisked away to Georgia by her mother “Kim” (Kelly Preston) in the wake of her parents' divorce. Ronnie soon devolves into a rebellious, angst-ridden teen; a seventeen-year-old nightmare who refuses to speak to her father, “Steve” (Greg Kinnear), or lay a finger on a piano key.

Fast forward three years when mom decides to send Ronnie and her younger brother, “Jonah” (Bobby Coleman), to spend the summer with their father. Things don't go well, of course, and the hostile teen does everything in her power to make Steve miserable. Enter a trifecta of heart-softening circumstances: a sudden desire to protect sea turtles; a like-minded, hunk of a love interest named “Will Blakelee” (Liam Hemsworth); and the revelation that her father is dying of cancer.

Kelly Preston in THE LAST SONG

Julie Anne Robinson directed the 2010 romance. Produced for only $20 million, the film scored a worldwide gross of more than $89 million. Aaron Zigman’s score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Based on a true story, CASINO JACK told of the exploits of Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey). As an Orthodox Jew who specialized in servicing the Christian Right, Abramoff was especially proud of his relationship with House Speaker Tom DeLay (Spencer Garrett). Abramoff possessed not merely a gambler's instinct but penchant, and his own Mob-tainted interests in offshore casinos as well as his larcenous representation of Indian casinos proved his undoing.

Abramoff's go-between in these ventures was Adam Kidan played by Jon Lovitz. There's a sidekick, too: Michael Scanlon, the former communications director for Tom Delay (a suitably sleazy turn by Barry Pepper), who betrays Abramoff in the end to save his own neck. Kelly Preston is the loyal wife “Pam” who is surprised, surprised, surprised when her husband's world comes apart.

Kevin Spacey and Kelly Preston in CASINO JACK

George Hickenlooper directed the 2010 film, his last before his untimely death at age 47 from a painkiller overdose. Of working with Kelly Preston, Hickenlooper said: “Kelly is a remarkable human being and a great dramatic actress. It was a privilege as a director to tap into this part of her. Rarely do I make a kind of spiritual connection with my cast. Kelly was a wonderful exception. She is truly very special and I adore her.”

CASINO JACK received good reviews and Kevin Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe award. But in May 2010, a documentary had been released called “Casino Jack and the United States of Money.” Few saw that film (it grossed only $177,000), but the lack of interest in the subject matter seemed to carry over to the December 2010 opening of its fictional film counterpart. The $12.5 million production of CASINO JACK grossed only $1 million in the U.S. and under $200,000 internationally, where overseas audiences had even less interest in the subject. Jonathan Goldsmith’s score did not get a release.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2020 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston made some infrequent appearances on television over the next 8 years before appearing in her final feature film—2018’s GOTTI—with husband John Travolta. In this biopic of the “Teflon Don,” New York crime boss John Gotti, Travolta played Gotti, Spencer Lofranco played his son, John A., and Preston was wife Victoria.

Kelly Preston and John Travolta in GOTTI

Kevin Connolly directed the film which fared badly with the critics and worse at the box office, with a $4.3 million U.S. gross. The score by Jorge Gomez and Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) was released as a download by Sony Masterworks and on vinyl in the Netherlands.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2020 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kelly Preston said “When I married John, I put my career on hold to be a wife and to have a child. Before that I didn't have a fabulous career, but I was working. When I decided to resume acting, I had become Mrs. Travolta in many people's eyes, so I had to prove myself all over again.”

“I've wanted to have babies since I was 11. I always babysat. I was making thousands and thousands of dollars doing commercials and still babysitting for $2.50 an hour. Children are our future -- literally. It's such a cliché, but it's so true.”

“I prioritize, I'm a great list maker and, to try to keep everything organized, I have people who help me out with different things. And just making my kids and my husband come first, keeping us together, is my first priority. And then I fit films into my life.”

The posts above were just the things that Preston fit into her life—a life she deserved more of. Farewell, Kelly.

with C. Thomas Howell


on the set of OLD DOGS

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