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Join Friends and Fiction Wed Evening with special guests: Andie MacDowell and Todd Komarnicki

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Join us at Facebook Live on the Friends and Fiction Group Page this Wednesday Evening December 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm ET for this exciting event with celebrity stars:

Actress, Andie MacDowell and

Filmmaker, Todd Komarnicki.

Hope you will join us for this memorable event.

Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell is an American actress. She made her film debut as Jane Porter in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. MacDowell received critical acclaim for her role in the 1989 independent drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape from Steven Soderbergh, for which she won Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. She would also receive Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in Green Card (1990) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

Other notable performances from MacDowell include St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Groundhog Day (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Michael (1996), Multiplicity (1996), Footloose (2011), and Magic Mike XXL (2015). She received critical acclaim for the 2017 drama film Love After Love.[1][2]

In television, MacDowell started in the Hallmark Channel romance series Cedar Cove, which ran from 2013 to 2015.

Todd Komarnicki

TODD KOMARNICKI is a prolific writer, producer and director of film and television as well as the acclaimed novelist of Free, Famine and War.

Komarnicki’s screenplays include SULLY directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, which opened at #1 in the box office to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film went on to earn over $240 million worldwide, was a 2016 AFI Top Ten Film, and won best foreign film at the Japan Academy Awards.

Komarnicki has also written PERFECT STRANGER starring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry, and co-written THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

His current projects include THE SIMON KEITH PROJECT for legendary producer Frank Marshall; GOD’S SPY, the true life story of pastor-turned-spy Dietrich Bonhoeffer, filming in the Spring of 2020; MERCURY 13, a TV pilot about the first female astronauts which is being produced by Jessica Chastain and is setup at ABC; and THE GREATEST GIFT, the true story behind the film classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Komarnicki has also directed RESISTANCE, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Paxton, which Komarnicki adapted from an Anita Shreve novel. Komarnicki is next set to direct MIKE'S PLACE, the true story of an international terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, which he is also producing with Antoine Fuqua.

Komarnicki is the president & founder of the production company Guy Walks Into A Bar, who produced the Christmas blockbuster ELF starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau. The film amassed over $220 million worldwide, and has become a perennial favorite every Christmas season. To date, Guy Walks Into A Bar films have earned over half a billion dollars at the box office, worldwide.

From Patti's Instagram Post

This week we at @friendsandfiction have some super special guests. We're stepping out of our authors box and having two book to movie writers and producers! Todd Komarnicki Andie MacDowell So you love ELF? You love Groundhog Day and The Beach House. Well helllllooo!

Then on Sunday the 13th, it's alllll about holiday novels! So gear up friends, get out your lights and cheer and let's have a good week. xo Kristin Harmel Kristy Woodson Harvey Mary Alice Monroe Mary Kay Andrews

On the Wednesday December 9th episode of @Friends and Fiction we are thrilled to welcome acclaimed Golden Globe nominated actress @Andie MacDowell. Best known for her roles in Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Green Card; Four Weddings and a Funeral; and Groundhog Day, Andie also starred in the Cedar Cove romance series for @Hallmark Channel USA and was the producer and star of The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “The Beach House,” adapted from @Mary Alice Monroe’s series of novels.

Joining Andie will be filmmaker @Todd Komarnicki. Todd is a writer and producer best known for the movies @Sully Movie and @Elf. Join us as we talk to Andie and Todd about the art of adapting stories for the big and small screen. Tune in Wed 12/9 at 7pm ET LIVE on the F&F Group page AND the F&F YouTube Channel. See you then!

Sunday Dec 13, 2020

5 pm ET with Susan Mallory

Get in the Christmas spirit with us on this week's special Sunday Bonus Episode of @FRIENDS AND FICTION! On Sunday December 13th, we are so pleased to welcome the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 150 novels and 16 Christmas books, @susanmallery .

Susan's warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live—and with 40 million copies of her books sold worldwide, it's clear her readers seem to agree! Join us on Sun Dec 13th at 5pm ET via Facebook Live on the F&F Group page (or on our YouTube Cannel!) as we sit down with Susan and talk about her career, her new book Happily This Christmas, and all of our favorite holiday novels.

Book Seller of the Week

The Little BoHo Book Shop

Our bookseller of the week is @littlebohobookshop. After working in the publishing industry for over 15 years, founder Sandra Dear decided to realize her lifelong vision of opening an independent bookstore in her beautiful, quiet city of Bayonne, NJ. Nestled downtown with a café next door, Little Boho is a cozy getaway with a focus on kids, young adults, and current bestsellers. Now through December 13th, Little Boho is offering 10% off books by our Sunday Dec 13th guest @susanmallery as well as those by @marykayandrews, @kristinharmel, @kristywharvey, @pattichenry & @maryalicemonroe.

Be sure to browse their selection under the Friends & Fiction tab on their store website as they have highlighted a special group of holiday novels!

Friends and Fiction

Patti Callahan is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends and Fiction featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers.

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