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PRODUCTION BRIEFS: Hosoya in “Home Sweet Hoboken”; “Rudolph Prepping; “Baby of the Family” Gearing

PRODUCTION BRIEFS: Hosoya in "Home Sweet Hoboken"; "Rudolph Prepping; "Baby of the Family" Gearing

of the Family” Gearing Up

by Kevin Dreyfuss

>> Hosoya in “Home Sweet Hoboken”

Writer-director Yoshifumi Hosoya (“Sleepy Heads“) is currently in production
on the indie crime caper film “Home Sweet Hoboken,” starring Ben Gazzara
(“Summer of Sam“), Elizabeth Ashley (“Happiness“), Lee Holmes (“Desert
“), Jayce Bartok (“subUrbia“), Thomas Jay Ryan (“Henry Fool“), and Aida
Turturro (“Bringing Out the Dead“), among others. Ashley stars as a sweet
grandmother who learns she owns a valuable centuries-old diamond, and sets
off a massive, madcap hunt for the treasure. Gil Holland of cineBLAST! and
Yuko Yoshikawa of C.U.C. Inc. produce.

>> Rudolph Prepping

Writer-director Alan Rudolph (“Afterglow“) is starting production on his
next feature, the comedic mystery “Trixie,” tentatively starring Nick Nolte
(“Affliction“), Emily Watson (“Hillary and Jackie“), Matt Dillon (“Wild
“) and Lesley Ann Warren (Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “The Limey“).
In the story, based on an idea from Rudolph and John Binder, Watson plays a
somewhat dim-witted wannabe private eye who inadvertently gets involved up to
her neck in a political mystery. Robert Altman (“Cookie’s Fortune“) will produce, with Sony Classics picking up
distribution rights.

>>”Baby of the Family” Gearing Up

AFI Fellow Jone’e Ansa is prepping to direct and DP his feature debut film
Baby of the Family,” based on the book of the same title by Tina McElroy
Ansa. McElroy Ansa will also executive produce, with Andrew Wiseman
producing and author William Diehl (“Primal Fear“) serving as script
consultant. The story is a comedic, magical drama about a woman in a
fictional 1950s Georgia town with the ability to see ghostly visitations and
predict the future, who changes the life of herself and her town forever.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (“To Sleep With Anger“) is the only cast attachment
available at press time.

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