Great Balls of Fire
1 hr 48 mins
Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, "the killer" is a very mixed-up individual: a saintly sinner, a world-wise naïf, a skilled performer with zero sense of discipline, a loving husband who uses his wife for a punching bag. The story takes place during the years 1956 through 1958, as Lewis rises to the top of the charts with such hits as "Crazy Arms," "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and the title tune. Along the way, he falls in love with his second cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder), eventually marrying the girl. When it is revealed that Myra is only 13 years old, Lewis is condemned as a molester and pervert by the public (his disastrous tour of England during this crisis is depicted in hilarious Tex Avery fashion). After establishing a brisk, satirical tone through most of the proceedings, the film plummets into heavy dramatics in its final portions, jarring disastrously with all that has gone before. Otherwise, Quaid is terrific as Lewis (expertly lip-synching to the original records,) and Ryder is equally good as the long-suffering Myra. Featured in the cast are Alec Baldwin as Jerry's cousin Jimmy Swaggart (the same!), Michael St. Gerard as Lewis' great rival Elvis, and Steve Allen as himself.
EXCLUSIVE: BCDF Pictures and Frolic Media are set to produce a feature adaptation of New York Times best-selling author Tessa Bailey’s bestselling romantic comedy novel It Happened One Summer.
The book is the first installment in Bailey’s #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling Bellinger Sisters series. It has also been a TikTok sensation with a hashtag with over 35 million views. Christina Mengert (The Hating Game) and Joseph Muszynski (The Unhoneymooners) have adapted the book. BCDF’s Claude Dal Farra and Brian Keady will produce alongside Lisa Berger from Frolic.
It Happened One Summer follows a Hollywood ‘It Girl,’ who is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. The story turns the classic ‘It Girl’ trope on its head as fun and fashionable socialite Piper clashes with gruff local fisherman Brendan to swoon-worthy results. Truly a fish out of water, Piper must grapple with her newfound feelings–about Brendan, the town, her past and her hopes for the future.
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The novel has been on the USA Today bestseller list for the last 10 weeks and has received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus and has been named a “Must-Read” by Bustle, BuzzFeed, PopSugar, CNN, Vulture, PARADE, Country Living, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly.
Mengert recently adapted romantic comedy The Hating Game for BCDF, which reached #3 on the iTunes Top Movie Rentals Chart (behind No Time to Die and Venom: Let There Be Carnage), and was #1 on the iTunes Independent Movie Rental Chart for six consecutive weeks.
Muszynski most recently adapted Christina Lauren’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy novel The Unhoneymooners for BCDF.
Bailey said, “From this moment on, I am living to see Brendan and Piper brought to life on screen. I’m thrilled and honored that BCDF Pictures and Frolic Media want to make this happen!”
“We are excited to be continuing our journey into wonderful romantic comedy adaptations,” said BCDF’s Dal Farra.
“Our mission at Frolic is to tell great love stories, and we are thrilled to be working with our partners at BCDF to bring Bailey’s swoon-worthy novel to life,” said Berger.
BCDF Pictures 2022 productions include female trucker movie Big Rig, starring Vanessa Hudgens; The Ploughmen, directed by Ed Harris; Which Brings Me to You, starring Lucy Hale; 2022 SXSW title To Leslie, starring Andrea Riseborough and Allison Janney; an adaptation of Gabrielle Zevin’s International Bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, starring Kunal Nayyar, Christina Hendricks, and Hale; and an adaptation of the bestselling supernatural romance series Hush, Hush, which has been greenlit as a feature franchise at Paramount+.
Frolic Media was founded in 2018 by industry executives Berger and Sarah Penna. Frolic caters to the one billion dollar Romance industry, and devoted to compelling storytelling from strong female voices. Frolic’s community has steadily grown across their platforms, and reaches over 10 million in its influencer network.
Bailey is represented by Sugar23 and Bradford Literary Agency. The novel is published by HarperCollins.
“It Happened One Summer” Is Getting a Movie – Here’s What to Know
Tessa Bailey’s 2021 romantic comedy novel “It Happened One Summer” is being adapted into a movie, and the news has fans of the book shrieking with excitement. The first instalment in Bailey’s Bellinger Sisters series has been a sensation on BookTok, having sucked in numerous readers with its endearing take on the classic “It Girl” trope. The light-hearted story follows a socialite named Piper Bellinger, whose reputation as a rebellious, spoiled brat precedes her. When her wild-child tendencies come to a head, her stepfather finally takes matters into his hands and sends Piper and her sister to manage a faraway family dive bar, landing her in a small town that tests her in more ways than one.
Now that the swoon-worthy love story is getting the big-screen treatment, it is time to give the rom-com another read. But before that, read ahead for everything we know so far about the highly-anticipated project.
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Is the movie one summer on Netflix?
Watch all you want.
Will there be a movie for It Happened One Summer?
Tessa Bailey's 2021 romantic-comedy novel "It Happened One Summer" is being adapted into a movie, and the news has fans of the book shrieking with excitement.
Where can I watch the series one summer?
Watch One Summer | Netflix.
Is It Happened One Summer a spicy book?
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey is the first book in the “Bellinger Sisters” Romance Series. A small town romance featuring a city girl who falls in love with a local fisherman during the span of one summer, this book is spicy, funny, heartfelt, and a total entertainer.