Film crew to shoot in New­born next week

Luke Perry, LeAnn Rimes to star

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

A movie crew will de­scend on New­born next week to film scenes for an up­com­ing ma­jor the­atri­cal re­lease star­ring Luke Perry, Elaine Hen­drix and coun­try mu­sic star LeAnn Rimes called “Good In­ten­tions.”

Film Crews, with the south­ern- based pro­duc­tion com­pany Shad­ow­light Pic­tures, will be film­ing a su­per­mar­ket scene at the D& R Food Cen­ter on John­son Street and a car joyride scene on a quiet coun­try road in New­born on Aug. 9 and 10.

“ Good In­ten­tions” movie pro­ducer Richard Samp­son de­scribed the film as an off- beat south­ern ca­per. The plot of the film re­volves around the small- town schemes and strug­gles of young mother Etta Mil­ford ( Hen­drix, “ The Par­ent Trap”) who is de­ter­mined to save enough money for her two young sons to go to col­lege one day.

How­ever all of the fam­ily’s money seems to end up wasted on crack­pot schemes de­vised by Mil­ford’s hope­less hus­band Ch­ester ( Perry, “ Bev­erly Hills, 90210”), a wannabe en­tre­pre­neur, lead­ing Etta to de­cide to fund her sons’ col­lege ed­u­ca­tions by dis­guis­ing her­self and rob­bing Ch­ester’s bar at gun­point.

A fan of “The An­tiques Road­show,” Etta is con­vinced that she will make a for­tune buy­ing and sell­ing an­tiques and so in­vests all of the bar’s stolen money in an­tiques. How­ever Etta is swin­dled when the an­tiques she pur­chases turn out to be fakes. Her fam­ily’s sav­ings gone, Etta con­cocts a wild scheme to get back the fam­ily’s money and save the day.

While Rimes, who por­trays Etta’s younger sis­ter, will not be film­ing any scenes in New­born, Hen­drix, Perry and costar Jimmi Simp­son (“Zo­diac”) will be in town for the film­ing ac­cord­ing to Samp­son.

Al­ready three weeks into prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy for the film, Samp­son said the sixweek shoot, which has been filmed in and around Metro At­lanta, is ex­pected to fin­ish Aug. 24 with the re­main­ing scenes to be filmed in Rut­ledge.

“We wanted to shoot in Ge­or­gia, and it needs to be a small town feel and look and New­born and Rut­ledge have that,” said Samp­son of the de­ci­sion to film movie scenes in New­born.

“Good In­ten­tions” will mark the third time the D&R Food Cen­ter has served as a back­drop for film and television projects. Ac­cord­ing to store owner and man­ager Doug Echols, the D&R has pre­vi­ously been fea­tured in an episode of “In the Heat of the Night” and in the 1998 film star­ring Pa­trick Swayze, “Black Dog.”

Echols said his first thoughts when he was ap­proached by a lo­ca­tion scout for the film was to say no be­cause the pre­vi­ous shoot for “Black Dog” was so hec­tic.

“But they seemed more or­ga­nized,” said Echols of Shad­ow­light Pic­tures. “I just de­cided I’d let them go ahead if they wanted to. It sounded like it would go smoothly.”

Echols said the D&R Food Cen­ter would be closed for film­ing on Thurs­day, Aug. 9, but that the store would be open for cus­tomers in be­tween film­ing Fri­day, Aug. 10.

“Good In­ten­tions” marks the fea­ture film de­but of Shad­ow­light Pic­tures. The com­pany is headed by pro­duc­ers Richard Samp­son and Pamela Pea­cock. Hen­drix is also co-pro­duc­ing the film. The film is di­rected by vet­eran com­mer­cial and industrials di­rec­tor Jim Issa. The script, writ­ten by An­thony Stephen­son, was a top-50 Project Green­light fi­nal­ist. The movie also stars John Gries (“Napoleon Dy­na­mite”).

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