You're looking at a thriller of a summer, if you're in the movie biz here.
Mere weeks after wrapping the AIDS drama Cover with such stars as Lou Gossett, Patti LaBelle and Vivica Fox, L.A. producers Warren Kohler and Corey Redmond are coming back to scout locations for another independent flick, Fulfillment.
Fulfillment's log line says it's about a research scientist forced into a deal with the devil that "transforms his life into a terrifying nightmare beyond human imagination."
No director or actors have been attached. Budget will be $5 million to $6 million, says Kohler, who credits the Pennsylvania and Greater Philadelphia Film Offices with drawing the project to town.
A state grant will cover 20 percent of the money spent in Pennsylvania.
Fulfillment is due to start shooting in late July, just as M. Night Shyamalan says "roll 'em" on The Happening, his thriller for Fox.
The Happening, whose budget will be 10 times that of Fulfillment, is about a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his family on the run from aliens who take control of the Earth's animals and plants. I hear that Shyamalan and producers Sam Mercer and Barry Mendel need to find a suitable lake in the suburbs, as well as appropriate spots in Center City.
Also starting production in the next month is a nonthriller: Our Lady of Victory, the set-in-the-'70s story of the Immaculata women's basketball team, starring Carla Gugino (Vince's sexy agent on HBO's Entourage).
Stuff to do
University of the Arts'
will sit down,
-style, with two actresses for interviews open to the public. Oscar winner
is up at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the UArts Dance Theater at the Drake (1512 Spruce St.). Parsons is working with
Early in the Mourning
, a play written by UArts faculty member
. On May 16 at 11:30 a.m., Terruso will chat up Tony winner
at the Merriam Theater. Jones, doing the national tour of
, will appear with
cast members, including UArts alumna
Caroline Stefanie Clay
Casting folk will be at Manayunk's Grape Street (4100 Main St.) from 4 to 8 p.m. today to scout for "bad girls" over 21 for the reality series
Took 13 minutes yesterday to sell out the Jimmy Buffett concert that Caesars will stage June 30 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Bucks County-bred American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov today steps into the role of Matt in The Fantasticks in New York.
Washington Nationals catcher Robert Fick and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman visited the Public House off Logan Square Wednesday during the restaurant's anniversary party and paid special attention to female staff. As the party wound down, I hear, the ballplayers suggested after-hours revelry, but struck out.
For the first time, Arbitron has released data that counts noncommercial stations alongside commercial ones. In the grab for audience share in the new March ratings, public station WHYY (90.9) was 11th, following WBEB-FM (101.1), KYW-AM (1060), WMMR-FM (93.3), WOGL-FM (98.1), WMGK-FM (102.9), WXTU-FM (92.5), WDAS-FM (105.3), WBEN-FM (95.7), WPHT-AM (1210) and WUSL-FM (98.9). Penn-operated WXPN-FM (88.5) was 20th.
WJJZ's Smooth Jazz Sunday brunches will continue at Warmdaddy's in South Philly, now that longtime venue Zanzibar Blue has closed.
WXPN's "Y-Rock on XPN" modern-rock station goes on the air full time at noon today on WXPN's secondary HD channel. If you have an HD radio (see www.hdradio.com for details), it'll be at 88.5-2.
Fancy footwork wins out
Dancing With the Stars
, the pro dancers make the celebs look good. On CN8's
, well. . . . The station held a ballroom-dancing contest among its talent. On yesterday's show, reporter
went out to dance with instructor
. Problem: Ostarek had left Owens' red sequined gown back at his dance studio in New Castle, Del. Owens wore her backup dress - a teal floor-length number - and won anyway.