Courtney Love is not one for flying under the radar, but five years after its creation, a film starring the rocker is quietly coming to television.
"Julie Johnson," a domestic drama starring Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under," "Say Anything...") as the title character and Love ("The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Man on the Moon") as her best friend, was filmed in the spring of 2000 in and around New York. Lensed and co-written by Bob Gosse ("Niagara, Niagara"), "Julie Johnson," based on the play by Wendy Hammond, made its official debut at Sundance in 2001. Love went on to win the Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film award at Los Angeles' Outfest for her role, and the flick took the Jury Prize for Best Feature - Lesbian at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, but "Julie Johnson" has never been given a theatrical release. It makes its small-screen premiere on the gay cable channel Here! on June 3.
In the film, Taylor plays a blue-collar housewife and mom who has an educational yen she's never fulfilled, due in part to her unsupportive, boorish husband, Rick (Noah Emmerich). With Love as her lifelong friend Claire, Julie quietly starts taking a computer course at a local community college. There, she is encouraged by her professor (the late Spalding Gray), who sees her inner promise. When her husband finds out and freaks, she boots him out of the house and Claire, who has left her husband, moves in. Soon Julie and Claire's relationship grows into romance, despite Claire's initial revulsion at the idea.
Julie's daughter is played by a pubescent Mischa Barton, who lets loose with a crying jag in one scene when her mother confesses that Claire is not just her friend anymore.
Her recent legal problems under control (see "Courtney Resolves Assault, Possession Cases With Plea Deal"), Love is lining up her next movie role: Daily Variety has reported that the singer is a contender for the part of legendary adult-film star Linda Lovelace in a biopic based on the "Deep Throat" star.
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