October 8, 2013 - Deadline.com - Laura Dern has joined the cast of Wild, the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s best-selling memoir for director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club). She’ll star alongside Reese Witherspoon, as her mother who died years before. Dern recently wrapped work on the YA adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, where she plays the mother of the cancer-stricken heroine.
May 1, 2013 - "Frightened Rabbit" Band Tour News - "During the final ten days of the tour we found ourselves, amongst other things, getting a wee bit tipsy with Laura Dern, playing a show at an ungodly hour with They Might Be Giants, singing a wee tune with Andy Hull, jumping into bushes wearing conical Asian hats and fairly regularly 'heating up' one another via light fist fights and hearty rouses. It appears that Lynch's muse is in fact a really big Frightened Rabbit fan, and it was an unexpected pleasure when she and her pals came to say hello after the show at Terminal 5 in New York. Laura was like the fun aunt at the party, with a good line in sass and I was pleased that she seemed impressed by my on-stage jokes."
April 22, 2013 - Variety - Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig are toplining Thomas Carter’s high school football movie “When the Game Stood Tall.” Shooting began Monday in New Orleans with David Zelon producing. The movie, produced by Mandalay for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and its AFFIRM Films division, is slated for a Sept. 19, 2014 release. Caviezel portrays De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur and Chiklis plays assistant coach Terry Eidson. Dern will play Ladouceur’s spouse and Ludwig has been cast as a star running back. The team went on a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003. Scott Marshall Smith’s screenplay is based on Neil Hayes’ book “When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Greatest Winning Streak.”
Januay 7, 2013 - Slated.com - "The Other Side", a New York set dramedy to star Laura Dern and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, is set to be produced by Bruna Papandrea and Caroline Kaplan and written by Laurie Parker.
December 9, 2012 - Rapid City Journal - The Stardust Motel in Rapid City — with its iconic red and yellow sign with a star on top — will play a part in an upcoming Hollywood movie that was shot in and around the Black Hills. The film shoot last week also included scenes at Mount Rushmore and on a highway near Black Hawk, and drew several stars to the area. Among them were Laura Dern of "Jurassic Park," her father Bruce Dern, star of many motion pictures and nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in “Coming Home.” Will Forte, best known for his comic work in the series “30 Rock”, “Saturday Night Live”, “How I Met Your Mother,” was also in the scenes shot locally. The movie, "Nebraska," is being directed by Alexander Payne, who scored a recent hit with the comedy “Sideways,” which was regaled by critics. He also directed “The Descendants,” which won one Oscar and was nominated for four others, including Best Picture. Written by Robert W. Nelson, "Nebraska" was not based on Payne's own personal experiences, although he grew up in Nebraska. Described as a “comedy with undertones,” production manager Mads Hansen said the movie is about a father-son road trip.
November 7, 2012 - Variety - Laura is set to direct a segment of Lifetime's anthology telepic sequel "Five2". Like its first breast cancer-themed installment, Five will feature five short films featuring A-list talent both in front and behind the camera. The sequel will address mental illness.
November 5, 2012 - News articles about Laura supporting President Barack Obama's campaign are here and here.
October 18, 2011 - Variety - Mother and daughter Oscar nominees Diane Ladd and Laura Dern are working a lot together these days. They co-star in HBO’s new hit show, “Enlightened.” And now they tell our LEAH SYDNEY that their long-awaited film about larger than life Nixon era Watergate character Martha Mitchell is finally coming together. Ladd said: “It’s written, and I’m going to direct it. I co-wrote it with Scott Alsop. We wrote 14 drafts of the script. Martin Scorcese is the Executive producer and he said it’s one of the ten best scripts he’s ever read in his life. ‘I’ve been working on this for over 25 years. I play Martha and Laura will play the younger Martha. A big star is going to play [Nixon attorney general] John Mitchell but I can’t tell you right now. Hopefully we’ll start shooting sometime in 2012.”
June 1, 2011 - Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER Gets Three More - It seemed unlikely not too long ago but Paul Thomas Anderson’s controversial sounding religious cult film The Master, with the help of billionaire backer Megan Ellison, is gearing up to shoot in just a matter of weeks. Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars as the charasmatic Lancaster Dodd who upon returning to America from the horrors of WWII creates his own religion, a fictional Scientology-esque cult, seducing a former alcoholic as his apprentice. Joaquin Phoenix was recently hired for that role which will mark his comeback to acting, taking on the part Jeremy Renner had nailed down last year before PTA’s initial funding was cut. Variety reports that three more names can be added to the cast via the names of Observe & Report and Friday Night Lights star (and kind of a young but constantly perplexed Matt Damon lookalike) Jesse Plemons who will play Dodd’s son, Laura Dern (possibly as Dodd’s wife, the trade doesn’t say) and veteran actor David Warshofsky who will play the detective.
October 25, 2010 - Details on the Dern Family being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame can be found HERE
October 10, 2010 - New York Daily News - Ben Harper stunned Laura Dern by filing for divorce late Friday afternoon. Only three weeks ago the couple traveled to Hawaii for the wedding of their friend and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Laura and Ben brought their kids along and attended the week-long celebration with other celebrities including Sean Penn and Jack Johnson.Other wedding attendees said that Laura and Ben appeared very happy and showed no signs of relationship strain.
Harper, a two-time Grammy winner, filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences and is asking the judge to deny Dern spousal support. And here's what's interesting … according to the papers, Harper claims he and Dern separated back in January. But people connected with the couple, who married back in 2005, tell TMZ they have been living and traveling together throughout the year and were even intimate as recently as last week. Harper is asking for joint legal and physical of the couple's two kids: Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.
August 10, 2010 - Digital Spy - Jonathan Demme is to direct two episodes of upcoming HBO comedy Enlightened. The new sitcom stars Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, complicating her relationships with family and friends.
Deadline reports that Silence of the Lambs director Demme signed on as he is a friend of Dern's and admires her work on the series. The Oscar winner's previous television work includes an episode of detective series Columbo and a segment for Saturday Night Live. His most recent cinematic release was the 2008 Anne Hathaway film Rachel Getting Married. Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell will also helm an episode, making his television directing debut.
Enlightened is expected to premiere on HBO in January of 2011.
June 18, 2010 - TV Guide - Laura Dern is among the celebrities selected to receive stars next year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday. Bruce Dern and ex-wife Diane Ladd will be honored along with their daughter in a special family ceremony.
April 9, 2010 - According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up "Enlightened," a half-hour comedy starring Laura Dern. Dern and actor-writer-director Mike White ("School of Rock") came up with the story, about "a self-destructive woman who has a revelatory experience at a treatment center and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating unexpected havoc at home and work," THR says. Filming starts this summer in Los Angeles. Dern's mother, Diane Ladd, as well as Luke Wilson and Sarah Burns are to co-star in this showcase for Dern, which will begin its 10-episode run this year.
March 26, 2010 - On the heels of yesterday's casting of Rebecca Hall opposite Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go, we also now learn Michael Pena will star with Christopher Wallace (son of hip hop icon Notorious B.I.G.) and Laura Dern have also joined the cast. Dan Rush is directing from his own script based on the Raymond Carver short story centering on a relapsed alcoholic (Ferrell) who loses his job and his wife and decides to live on his front lawn while selling all of his belongings. Production begins this week in Arizona.
January 11, 2010 - WLYS interview with Director Miguel Arteta -
"You mentioned Mike White, and I was wondering if you guys are going to collaborate on anything in the near future—or is he off working on his own things?"
"He’s doing a TV show with Laura Dern for HBO, called “Enlightened.” I read the pilot script and it’s amazing. I think it might be the most original HBO series. And he’s said that he’d love for me to come and direct an episode or two, so if I have time I’m definitely diving right in. I think that would be amazing."
"Laura Dern was amazing in Year of the Dog, so I’m excited to see those two work together again."
"She actually co-wrote the script with him. It’s a really wild role for her."
January 5, 2010 - The Hollywood Reporter - Diane Ladd and Laura Dern will make for a mother-daughter act in an upcoming HBO comedy pilot. The Hollywood Reporter said the actresses will star as mother and daughter in Enlightened. They have previously appeared on screen together in the movies Rambling Rose, White Lightning, Wild At Heart, Citizen Ruth and Daddy And Them. In the upcoming pilot, Dern will play a self-destructive woman who goes to live with her mother [Ladd] after a breakdown, the trade daily said. Dern, 42, the daughter of Bruce, was born into an acting family and has had numerous movies and television roles including most recently, the Meet The Fockers sequel. Luke Wilson is signed on to play the drug-addicted husband the woman leaves behind in the pilot.
October 19, 2009 - The Press Association - Laura Dern is joining the cast of the latest Meet The Parents sequel, it's been reported. The sequel's working title is Little Fockers, and follows Pam and Gaylord Focker, played by Teri Polo and Ben Stiller, as they have children. Laura is set to play the headmistress of the elementary school that the couple's children attend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The sequel - which follows 2004's Meet The Fockers - will also bring back Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson, and Jessica Alba also recently joined the cast.
October 15, 2009 - Variety - The Independent Spirit Awards is moving from Santa Monica beach to downtown L.A. Film Independent said Thursday that the kudocast would be held in a tent at the L.A. Live complex. Org announced in August that the date was shifting as well. Event will be held at 8 p.m. March 5, two days before the Oscars, meaning the show has transitioned from its traditional daytime affair into a nighttime event.Moving to the evening allows TV viewers to connect more to independent film, said actress Laura Dern, chair of the 25th Spirit Awards event committee. Dern also added that heading east to Downtown L.A. makes sense because the revitalized area is a "kindred spirit." As far keeping the show relaxed and "anti-Oscars" -- Dern said the kudos would remain casual. Attendees are still encouraged to arrive in jeans rather than a tux or elegant dress.
September 3, 2009 - Reuters - Continuing in their quest to regain television network preeminence, HBO has given the greenlight to yet another pilot. “Enlightened”, the tentatively-titled, single camera comedy which stars Laura Dern, was developed by “School of Rock scribe Mike White. Also unlike the new HBO dramas, “Enlightened” was put on a fast development track due mainly to Laura Dern’s much-lauded performance as Katherine Harris in the network’s own “Recount” back in 2008. White, who had directed Dern in 2007’s “Year of the Dog”, will direct the pilot episode of the series which has Dern playing a “self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening.”
August 6, 2009 - (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO is being "Enlightened" by Laura Dern and Mike White. The pay cable network is developing a comedy in which Dern would play a formerly self-destructive woman who, after having a spiritual awakening, becomes determined to live an enlightened life, wreaking unintended consequences.The script comes from White, the "School of Rock" scribe who recently competed on "The Amazing Race" with his father. "There are so many dysfunctional types of characters populating cable television, and she is equally as dysfunctional as any of them," White said, "but her impulse is to get healthy, to make the world a better place even though it creates havoc." The project stems from Dern's standout performance as colorful Florida Republican Katherine Harris in the 2008 HBO film "Recount," which earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination. HBO approached the actress about a deal. Dern was intrigued but wanted to commit only if she found the right material. She turned for advice to White, with whom she had developed a close friendship following her role on his 2007 film "Year of the Dog." At first, White was OK with just helping her navigate her way into a TV series -- but that quickly changed. "I'm such a huge fan of hers as an actress and a person, I realized I was going to be jealous of anyone doing (a show with her), so I just had to do it myself," he quipped. White had already been bouncing around an idea for a feature script as a potential starring vehicle for Dern. She also had thoughts about what kind of series she wanted to do. The two ended up "fine-tuning" their separate ideas in what became the premise of "Enlightened," said White, who hopes to shoot the script by the end of the year.
July 6, 2009 - People Magazine - Ben Harper, accompanying wife Laura Dern for an afternoon trip to Nail Spa Lane on Santa Monica's Montana Avenue – with their daughter Jaya, 4, son Ellery, 7, and a nanny in tow. And Harper wasn't just sitting back: The musician picked out shades of polish for his daughter and wife (who opted for orange), and he playfully joked with the kids. Harper even took a seat in a massage chair beside Dern and chatted with her for a bit. Soon, Harper collected their kids and headed for home, leaving his wife to finish her pedicure (and relax) solo.
March 30, 2009 - People Magazine - Laura Dern and musician boyfriend Ben Harper, holding hands and "stealing kisses" at the launch of his Propr clothing line with pal David Arquette at Kitson Men in Los Angeles. Dern sipped a Belvedere cocktail as the rocker surprised guests – which included Jeremy Piven and Ben Stiller – with an impromptu acoustic performance. "Laura seemed so happy to be there and supporting Ben’s new line – overall, a totally adorable couple," says a source.
March 4, 2009 - Rolling Stone - Filmmaker DAVID LYNCH's upcoming meditation benefit has become a mini-BEATLES reunion with RINGO STARR joining SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY for the show. McCartney and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder were among the first stars to sign up for the Change Begins Within concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on 4 April (09) - and now Starr has joined the performers. It has yet to be seen if Starr and MCCartney will play together at the benefit - if so, it will mark their first onstage collaboration since the George Harrison tribute show A Concert For George in 2002. Sheryl Crow, Moby and Donovan, who heads up the musical wing of the David Lynch Foundation, are among the stars on the bill. Laura Dern, the star of many Lynch movies, will co-host the event with rap mogul Russell Simmons. David Lynch's new online channel which started on Wednesday, will webcast from backstage at the "Change Begins Within" concert April 4. (The concert itself will not be webcast.) The webcast will start att 6:30 p.m. EDT on DLF.TV and will use BitGravity's BG LiveTM highly-scalable flash-based video stream service.
February 16, 2009 - Pipeline.com - Laura Dern and Ben Harper— An L.A. Couple Gets Proper at Loden Dager -Q: Do you have any exciting plans this fashion week?
A: Why yes, we're looking forward to this show, Loden Dager, but we're here for the Proper show, it's Ben's line and the show is this Tuesday. I'm also excited about the Ralph Lauren show on Friday. I always go. Q: Tell us about Ben's new line. A:Yes, Its called Proper, he started with his friends and they are showing their second season. It's men's and women's. I'm wearing a dress and Ben's wearing a top and jeans from the line.
February 7, 2009 - gather.com - Legendary musician and former member of the Beatles, Paul McCartney, will headline the David Lynch Foundation’s benefit concert, “Change Begins Within,” at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4. The concert will launch a global initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Sir Paul, who is co-chairing the event, learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1967 and attended a course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India in 1968. Sir Paul will share top-billing with Donovan, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Moby, jazz flutist Paul Horn, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Laura Dern, and other surprise guests will fill out the star-studded slate as presenters.
Nov 25, 2008 - BUSINESS WIRE - iHollywood Forum, announced its final speaker lineup for the second annual "Hollywood Goes Green" conference held this December 8-9, 2008 at the Hilton Universal in Los Angeles. The high profile conference, addressing environmental issues in entertainment and media, will host more than 40 speakers and exhibitors. The title sponsors include HP and General Motors; the gold sponsor is Sony DADC.
On the second night, Dec. 9, from 6:30-9:30pm, the conference will feature an appearance and remarks by film and TV actress Laura Dern at the "For the Health of Our Children" fundraising dinner. All proceeds will benefit The Organic Center and Healthy Child, Healthy World, both nonprofit associations respectively dedicated to raising awareness about the health benefits of organic food and farming and protecting children from harmful chemical exposures through education and prevention strategies. The dinner will showcase delicious organic food creations featuring signature dishes by top organic chefs.
September 8, 2008 - wwd.com - Elise Overland's Spring '09 presentation Saturday night had all of the natural accoutrements: jewelry by Genevieve Jones; friends including Hope Atherton, Poppy de Villeneuve, Arden Wohl and Zani Gugelmann, and requisite male eye candy like Jamie Burke and Diego Garcia. But some unexpected guests were making the rounds, too, at the darkly lit Chelsea space. Courteney Cox Arquette and Laura Dern arrived together, both wearing Overland's clothes. "I'm here because of Courteney," explained Dern, who is mid-filming an untitled project with her father. Cox Arquette, who is friends with Overland's stylist Maryam Malakpour, had only raves for her outfit. "It fit me perfectly when I tried it on," said the lithe actress who had just attended the Loden Dager show. "It's the perfect size four." Dern and Cox Arquette will be supporting another design effort Monday night when their respective husbands, Ben Harper and David Arquette, launch their joint menswear line Propr at the Bryant Park Hotel.
August 28th, 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle - At Scala's on Saturday, Ben Harper and Laura Dern were joined by Giants pitcher Barry Zito, who hosted a round on Fernet shots at their table.
August 14, 2008 - USA Today - "Cox takes a short step to directing" - Courteney Cox adored directing much in the same way Monica Geller, her neat-freak Friends character, loved her cleaning products. "I'm detail-oriented in life, so it was a perfect fit for me," Cox says. "I'm definitely a morale-booster to the crew. I like to work with music. It's your job to keep everybody doing their best and happy to be there."
She's making her directing debut as part of Glamour magazine's 2008 Reel Moments series of short films. The project, which is in its fourth year, has enabled stars such as Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jennifer Aniston to go behind the camera. This year, Cox, Demi Moore and screenwriter Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (The House Bunny, Bride Wars) get their shot. The shorts, sponsored by Suave, will be unveiled at a Los Angeles premiere Oct. 14 and afterward can be seen online at glamourreelmoments.com.
"My short's about a girl, played by Laura Dern, who has a chance encounter on a bus that confirms the decision she makes to be single and reinforces her faith in herself," Cox says. "I have so many single friends. It's tough. This story speaks to people. You don't have to have someone complete you."
In reality, both Cox and Dern are married — Cox to actor David Arquette, Dern to musician Ben Harper — and they're friends. "Laura is a very warm, sweet, talented woman," Cox says. "She gets approached (for projects) a lot, but she really connected to this. She let go and trusted me. It brought our friendship even closer."
July 30, 2008 - Hello Magazine - Laura Dern and husband join celebs discovering Sardinia (full story here)
Action 3 News - July 7, 2008 - Omaha, NE - Alexander Payne and Laura Dern teamed up for "Citizen Ruth" in 1996. Now, they're teaming up for Film Streams. Rachel Jacobson: "They really exemplify the kind of work we're interested in promoting in cinema because they really take their art seriously. They're really great filmmakers." Rachel Jacobson is the founder and director of Film Streams. She tells Action 3 News, Payne and Dern are hosting a Film Streams fundraiser. "We're actually raising almost 20% of our budget through this one event. It's really a big deal." So big, the fundraiser is being held at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Payne is on the Board of Directors. Jacobson says getting him to agree to the event was no problem. She was a little nervous about Dern."She's been so supportive. She's been working really hard on it. We have a whole series of her films playing at the same time. She helped choose which films she thought would be the most appropriate."
June 26, 2008 - PopSugar.Com - Interview with Courteney Cox Arquette "I just directed a short with Laura Dern and Rosemary Harris for Glamour magazine."
June 13, 2008 - Los Angeles Times - "Hollywood stars hyping Hydrogen Cars" - BMW's hydrogen program is run by Jim Ryan, who juggles the complicated schedules of the VIPs who request the car. Ryan says the cars trigger an infectious exhibitionism. He described a recent delivery to Laura Dern, an actress so attuned to conservation that she hired an environmental consultant to evaluate the eco-fitness of her house. "Once she got the car, she said, 'I've got to show Steven Spielberg. I've got to show Meg Ryan,' " he recalled.
May 5, 2008 - The Hollywood Exclusive: Dern Hopes Bipartisanship Makes 'Recount' Skeptics 'Hush Up'/Frank Sinatra Jr. And Sinatra Clan Push New Sinatra Stamp
Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith - Laura Dern is well aware that partisans are already lining up on each side of the political debate to greet with enthusiasm -- or annoyance -- "Recount," HBO's May 25 movie about the hotly disputed 2000 election, in which she plays Katherine Harris, Florida's secretary of state. Dern points out that former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, chief legal adviser for the George W. Bush campaign, "not only likes the film, he's hosting a screening along with Jimmy Carter. That says it all to me; they're very clearly declaring this is a non-partisan project. That ought to hush people up, hopefully. See it. Just watch it," she says. "This is what happens when you get disillusioned, sit [at] home and not vote. Your vote counts." Kevin Spacey leads a cast including Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bob Balaban and Ed Begley Jr. in the telefilm -- which might be the last work the Oscar-nominated actress does for a while. Dern is planning to star in a feature with her father, Bruce Dern -- which will be a first. "Although I've worked with my mother (Diane Ladd) several times, my dad and I have never worked together," she says. "I've never had the honor, so I'm really looking forward to it. He's also directing this one," which is going under the temporary title of "Hart's Location." But …
"Everything is on hold because of the potential Screen Actors Guild strike. It seems very possible. Certainly the Actors Guild is not going to back down. It's an issue of livelihoods," she says. "There aren't TV movies as there used to be. Reality shows have overtaken scripted shows. Fewer features are being made, and those that are, are being made for less money. A lot of actors are being wiped out, getting jobs outside the industry, losing their homes. But at the same time, the producers hold great opportunities to make money in the new media, so new agreements have to be made -- as the writers ultimately, finally were able to do."
April 30, 2008 - Washington Post - 'Recount' Screening Brings Back Memories, Evokes Anxiety - Laura Dern arguably steals the show in "Recount," the upcoming HBO flick about the contested 2000 presidential election. And after sitting next to Dern at a private screening of the movie Tuesday night, we know who her biggest fan of all is: her husband, Ben Harper, the Grammy award-winning soul/folk/funk musician who laughed riotously at his wife's every scene. Dern plays the colorful Katherine Harris, who, as secretary of state of Florida, tried to call the state's presidential election -- and thus, the entire contest -- for her friend George W. Bush. After many twists and turns the dispute over the recount was eventually decided, in Bush's favor, by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dern does a spot-on, if slightly over-the-top Harris, who, as a congresswoman after her secretary-of-state stint, was one of the most lampooned members of the House. Dern and Harper were seated at the table next to the Sleuth at a dinner and screening in a huge backyard tent at the home of Washington Post icons and uber power couple Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee. After dinner, we turned our chairs to face the big screen and watch the movie -- Dern and Harper sat together directly in front of us, just a few inches away. Harper laughed and stroked his wife's arm and kissed her shoulder during her scenes, which often involved an accentuated voluptuous and hilariously sexually suggestive version of secretary of state Harris primping for the cameras, relishing her role in the limelight of the recount. The portrayal wasn't far off from reality. In one scene in the movie, Dern as Harris compares herself to Queen Esther in the Bible: "She was willing to sacrifice herself to save the lovely Jewish people and that is exactly what I am doing right now." The tent exploded in a chorus of laughter, led by top fan and hubby Harper.
March 31, 2008 - Dominick’s Restaurant (of West Hollywood, California) opened in 1948 and was a Rat Pack hangout. Its new investors are Ben Harper and Laura Dern. http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/
November 19, 2007 - World Entertainment News Network - Actress-turned-director ROSANNA ARQUETTE has given her support to the Hollywood writers' strike - despite the ongoing struggle halting production on her new movie GOD IS MY CO-PILOT. The Desperately Seeking Susan star experienced first-hand the effects of the ongoing strike after she was prevented from working with a screenwriter on the film script due to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) action. But Arquette isn't bitter about the protests. She says, "The strike affects us all in Hollywood. I am trying to direct my first film and I want Laura Dern as my lead. It is a difficult situation. In fact, it is going to be a revolution. "Creative people who have the ideas are right to want more than the measly amount of money they get now." Members of the WGA have been staging walk-outs since 5 November (07) after talks between the union and studio representatives failed to resolve a dispute over royalties.
October 19, 2007 - Zap2it.com - Laura Dern has signed on to star in dad Bruce Dern's feature directorial debut "Hart's Location". The pic will certainly be a family affair as also poised to star in the movie is Bruce's ex wife Diane Ladd. Ashley Reed has penned the script that centers on a daughter attempting to regain custody of her son and seeking out her father -- who left her when she was 3 years old. Work on the movie is scheduled to begin in February 2008 in Louisiana.
September 25, 2007 - Variety - Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Ed Begley Jr., and Bob Balaban will star in HBO Films' Recount, a drama about the 2000 presidential election and the legal and political maneuvering from the point of view of both the Bush and Gore camps. The film starts shooting next month in Florida and is scheduled to air on HBO during the home stretch of next fall's presidential election. Spacey stars as the former chief of staff to vice president Al Gore and one of the lead attorneys who challenged the voting results in Florida. Dern will play Katherine Harris, the secretary of state of Florida who certified that George W. Bush had won the state.
September 3, 2007 - pr-inside.com - Actress LAURA DERN has blasted U.S. President GEORGE BUSH and is desperate for a Democrat to replace him. The 40-year-old actress now has to decide who she wants to win the Democrat race - because she's friends with Hillary Clinton and a fan of her rival Barack Obama. She said " I'm excited that there are so many wonderful Democratic voices speaking out about important issues. "I mean everyone is sick of Bush. Even my Texan Republican stepdad is saying, 'This is a nightmare, get these people outta there.' We all want change."
August 10, 2007 - Laura Dern and her rocker hubby Ben Harper, doting on their children, Jaya, 2, and Ellery, 5, during a fun-filled dinner at Wabi Sabi in Venice, Calif.'s Abbott Kinney neighborhood on Thursday night, August 2nd.. Even though the two dined with a large party (about 10 guests), they still managed to have a romantic time, stealing kisses while still tending to their children. For dinner, Dern opted for a mixed green salad, and the group shared sushi rolls and tempura dishes. On their way out, Harper gave his young daughter a kiss on the forehead before he and Dern both thanked the staff, walking out hand-in-hand with their children. Bike boy Lance Armstrong was spotted dining at Gibsons - Chicago, Illinois Sunday night, August 5th, with singer Ben Harper, who munched on meatloaf and mashed potatoes at Gibsons Friday with actress/wife Laura "Jurassic Park" Dern, who opted for salad and pecan pie.
April 24, 2007 - CNN.com - Laura Dern blames her lack of work on a ten year old kiss with Ellen DeGeneres on television. CNN reports that ten years after the smooch, Dern appeared with Ellen on Monday on DeGeneres' syndicated talk show to reflect on the "aftermath." DeGeneres, 49, came out of the closet in real life while her sitcom character's coming-out episode aired too, Dern kissed the comedian during a guest shot on the ABC series as Ellen's "lesbian love interest." Dern claimed to Ellen "she couldn't get an acting job for more than a year afterward." "There was certainly backlash, I guess, (that) we all felt from it," she told DeGeneres, who said she "was sorry" and "had no idea" that Dern was toast in Tinseltown. Her career in the deep freezer was "awfully terrifying," recalled Dern, who said she's grateful for the "extraordinary experience and opportunity" to be a part of the historic "out" episode, which also featured Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore and Melissa Etheridge.
April 7, 2007 - MTV News - Dern now in know on 'Jurassic Park IV' - Just as recently as this past January, "Jurassic Park" star Laura Dern had not heard whit nor word about whether or not Ellie Satler would return for the fourth film in the series. It looks like the wheels may be slowly grinding forward, however, as Dern revealed today that she has heard from Steven Spielberg personally about the status of the sequel. "I’m told its happening and I’m told they’re calling me. I’m told that Ellie Sattler is involved in it." When asked if she'd be interested in reprising her role for a third time, Dern made no bones that Spielberg's call was an offer she couldn't refuse. "Well a certain fellow is the one that called me and it’s hard to say no to him cause he’s always got something totally genius up his sleeve so we’ll see what they have in mind. But I don’t know anything about it at this point." Dern also mentions that Universal and Amblin may be shooting for a 2008 release, although this does conflict with last word from producer Frank Marshall that the fourth "Jurassic Park" film wouldn't be put on the front burner until Steven Spielberg was finished with "Indiana Jones 4."
March 24, 2007 - The American Chronicle - LA Marches and Dances in the Street on St Patrick's Day! - The 'Out of Iraq Peace' March at noon on March 17, 2007 from Hollywood and Vine to Hollywood and Highland took things up several notches from previous marches .At the rally after the march such luminaries as Martin Sheen, Mimi Kennedy and Laura Dern gave moving speeches. Also amazingly, the war has gone on so long there were representatives from the huge and growing contingent of Iraq Veterans for Peace who had been sent to Iraq over and over for years, telling their story.
March 23, 2007 - Defamer.com - "Tuesday 3/20 'round 2pm - Laura Dern and Ben Harper meeting up with some regular folk at Joe's Diner on Main St in Santa Monica. Ben was in dark pants and a plaid flannel shirt and ballcap and Laura was in dark jeans and a black quilted ski parka. I think she's in her 40s, but her skin is amazing. She looks maybe 35."
March 19, 2007 - TNZ Paparazzi Video - Dining with sister-in-law Rosanna Arquette and pals Laura Dern and Ben Harper at Patrick's Roadhouse in Santa Monica, Courteney saw the paparazzi and freaked -- taking refuge behind a magazine and saying, "I look worse than I've ever looked, sorry guys!"
January 9, 2007 - Dern in the dark about return to the 'Park' (IGN.com) - "Jurassic Park's" Laura Dern is making the press rounds promoting her new film "Inland Empire," and IGN Filmforce had the chance to ask the question that any "Jurassic Park" fan would jump to ask Dern: Will Ellie Satler be returning in the next proposed film in the franchise? Unless she's playing things close to the vest, Dern seems to be as uninformed about "Jurassic Park IV" as the general public. "I hope you guys can tell me," Dern said. "...People keep telling me I’m in 'Jurassic Park IV,' my character’s in it, I’m in it, and I haven’t gotten the call yet, but I’m very curious to hear more… You never know. It was awfully fun." IGN then asked, "Do you want to get eaten in this one and get kinda killed off…?" "No! The great paleobotanist can never die!" "Jurassic Park IV" is currently in development at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. To date, no credible sources have confirmed the return of Ellie Satler or any of the series' other characters.
The entire four minute interview can be found here!