The Devil's Own with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, and Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are both set to wrap this week. But there are still plenty of features and series filming in the area.
The Preacher's Wife, Penny Marshall's remake of the 1947 comic fantasy "The Bishop's Wife," has extended its shoot until May 17. Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Loretta Devine, and Jenifer Lewis head the cast. Marshall directs from Todd Graff's script. All principals' roles are taken. Grant Wilfley Casting (60 Madison Ave., #1017, NYC 10010) hires extras.
Award-winning director Ang Lee goes from the manicured lawns and well-kept homes of early 19th-century England ("Sense and Sensibility") to the manicured lawns and well-kept homes of 20th-century Connecticut in The Ice Storm. Based on Rick Moody's 1994 novel, the film is about two surburban families dealing with the delayed effects of the sexual revolution in 1973. Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tobey McGuire, Henry Czerny, and Jamey Sheridan star. Lee directs from a screenplay by his long-time collaborator and producer James Schamus. Filming began in Connecticut on April 9 and continues through June 12.
Principal casting: Avy Kaufman (180 Varick St., NYC 10014); extras: Judie Fixler (PO Box #149, Green Farms, CT 06436-0149).
Hugh Grant is an emergency room doctor caught up in the machinations of a villainous Gene Hackman in Extreme Measures. Michael Apted directs the medical thriller from Castle Rock Entertainment. Sarah Jessica Parker (now in Broadway's "How to Succeed "), David Morse, Bill Nunn, Debra Monk, Paul Guilfoyle, Peter Appel, John Toles-Bey, and Shaun Austin-Olsen also star. Grant's girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley is the producer and Andrew Scheinman acts as executive producer. Filming in New York is scheduled to conclude on May 10. There is no further principal casting, but extras are hired by Grant Wilfley Casting (address above).
Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney team up for the romantic comedy One Fine Day from Fox 2000 (formerly 20th Century Fox), lensing through May 20. Mae Whitman and Alex Linz co-star in the Michael Hoffman-directed release written by Ellen Simon and Terrel Seltzer. Kate Guinzburg is the executive producer and Lynda Obst is the producer. Principal roles have been filled, but Judie Fixler (address above) is in charge of extras.
The independently produced Ghost in the Machine will wrap on May 11. David Strathairn, Bonnie Bedelia, Saul Rubinek, Caroleen Feeney, and Julie Harris are the main players. Jonathan Kaufer directs and David Gilman penned the script. John Davis serves as executive producer. Principal casting: Georgianna Walken (235 W. 76th St., NYC 10023). No extras are being hired.
The long-delayed film version of Howard Stern's best-selling memoir Private Parts is finally getting started. Production begins May 2 and is scheduled to finish on July 30. Emmy-winning Betty Thomas, who helmed last year's surprise hit "The Brady Bunch Movie" and HBO's "The Late Shift," directs. The infamous Stern plays himself while his sidekick Robin Quivers also appears. Principals: Phyllis Huffman (1325 Ave. of the Americas, 31st floor, NYC 10019); extras: Sylvia Fay (71 Park Ave., NYC 10016).
In Search of a Dream begins its shoot on a SAG Modified Low Budget contract on May 4 and continues through June 6. Executive producer Joseph Medina directs from Freddy Vargas' script. Elvis Nolasco, Kamar De Los Reyes, Benny Nieves, Bersaida Vega, Magic Juan, July Carlo, and Jose Alberto star. Principals: Ulysses Terrero (630 Ninth Ave., NYC 10036). No extras are being hired.
TV Series and Movies
Most filmed-in-New-York series have wrapped for the season. New York Undercover (Fox) and Law & Order (NBC) have already completed their segments and will start up again this summer. The brand-new Swift Justice (UPN) is scheduled to conclude May 10. (For a related article on "Swift Justice," see page 29.)
"Law & Order" principals: Lynn Kressel (445 Park Ave., NYC 10022); extras: Sylvia Fay (address above).
"New York Undercover" principals: Lynn Kressel (address above); extras: Heather Simmons (c/o "New York Undercover," 85 10th Ave., NYC 10011).
"Swift Justice" principals: Lynn Kressel (address above); extras: Winsome Sinclair (c/o "Swift Justice," same address as "New York Undercover.")
Numerous new shows including vehicles for Bill Cosby and Michael J. Fox will be shooting here, but casting information is not yet available.
Path to Paradise is an HBO film, shooting through May 30. Principals: Meg Simon Casting (1600 Broadway, Suite #1005, NYC 10019); extras: Navarro/Bertoni Casting (101 W. 31st St., Suite #1707, NYC 10001).
Speaking of HBO, a new series for the cable network Subway Stories is gearing up for a brace of episodes. Walken/Jaffe Casting (330 W. 42nd St., 11th fl., NYC 10036) is the casting director. (See related casting item in this issue.)
Indian in the City, Walt Disney's new comedy vehicle for Tim Allen, commences its Gotham shoot on May 9 and will continue through July 5. John Pasquin directs Allen, Lolita Davidovitch, Martin Short, and JoBeth Williams. Charlie Peters, Ray Gideon, and Bruce Evans collaborated on the screenplay. Brian Reilly is listed as producer. No further casting for principals. Extras: Kee Casting (511 Ave. of the Americas, #384, NYC 10011).
Kiss Me, Guido, is a low-budget feature with a New York production schedule of May 13-June 15. Tony Vitale directs. Principals: Hopkins, Barden, Smith (19 Jay St., NYC 10013). Extras: not yet set.
Puppet, directed by Felix Limardo, is another low-budget film (SAG Modified Low Budget contract). It will be on the New York streets May 22-July 2. Principals: Liz Lewis Casting (3 W. 18th St., 6th floor, NYC 10011). No extras are being hired.
George Clooney will return to a New York shoot once he finishes with the romantic comedy "One Fine Day." His next assignment will be to star opposite Nicole Kidman in Peacemakers. The drama will be filming in Eastern Europe and in Gotham. The Big Apple scenes will be lensed May 28-June 16. Mimi Leder directs. There are no principal roles available, but Grant Wilfley (address above) will fill extra roles.
Hannah Weyer's Arresting Gena will pay us a visit June 4-July 12. Principal casting: Laura Rosenthal (375 Greenwich St., #518, NYC 10013). Extras casting: not yet set.
The casting directors of the following New York daytime dramas stress that actors should not phone or visit their offices. All contacts should be by mail.
ABC: All My Children, Judy Blye-Wilson (casting director), Elias Tray (associate casting director), 320 W. 66th St., NYC 10023.
The City, Julie Madison (casting director), Heather Baird (assistant), Dramatic Creations, Inc., 320 W. 66th St., NYC 10023.
One Life to Live, Sonia Nikore (casting director), Victoria Visgilio (associate), Valerie Lindquist (associate), 157 Columbus Ave., NYC 10023. Send pix and resumes or postcards only.
CBS: As the World Turns, Vince Liebhart (casting director), Tom Alberg (extras/under fives), 524 W. 57th St., NYC 10019.
Guiding Light, Betty Rea (casting director), Melanie Haseltine (associate casting director), 222 E. 44th St., NYC 10017. Accepts postcards/showcase invitations.
NBC: Another World, Jimmy Bohr (casting director), Elizabeth Wilson (extras/under fives), NBC Studios/Another World, 1268 E. 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230. Send pix.