A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Luck Be a Lady

It's official! The "Untitled Blackjack Picture" finally has a name.

The movie's based on Ben Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House, but a movie with that name already existed. The producers were going to call the movie "21," but then legal problems surfaced, and the project became the "Untitled Blackjack Picture, formerly known as '21.'" At one point, the filmmakers were encouraging Boston Globe readers to think up a new name.

Legal hurdles have apparently been cleared, and the movie is now officially "21." Boston was still basking in the glow of "The Departed" when Kevin Spacey and company arrived to film "21." Now the Hollywood crew is gone, the movie's not coming out till next year, and wannabe actors in the area are concentrating on the next movie to be made locally: "27 Dresses."

According to Variety: "'Grey's Anatomy' star Katherine Heigl will play a single woman who has served as a bridesmaid 27 times. She is enlisted once again for the job, and this time it's particularly painful: Her sister is marrying the man the bridesmaid is madly in love with."

Filming on this one begins in Providence in May. Apparently lots of extras will be needed for the wedding scenes. M's got a summer home not too far from where the set will be. The casting director's got our resumes and headshots. Now the best we can do is pray. Luck, be a lady tonight!

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