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The siblings of the late comedian Chris Farley are heading to Pittsburgh for “Hollywood and Wine,” a satire that will feature many of Farley’s friends and colleagues from “Saturday Night Live.”
The project is the first of a six-picture deal between indie outfits Smithfield Street Prods. & Studios and Proud Mary Entertainment, which hope to shoot movies predominantly in what they call “Hollywood North East.” The slate will take advantage of Pennsylvania’s 25% film tax incentive.
Kevin Farley, younger brother John Farley and his wife, Jennifer Farley, collaborated with scribe Matt Berman on “Wine,” which the older Farley is co-directing with Berman.
Several former “SNL” cast members will appear in the comedy, including Chris Kattan, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell, according to producers. Also joining the cast are Chazz Palminteri, Vivica Fox, Pamela Anderson, Jeremy London, Nicky Whelan and the two Farley brothers.
“Wine” is about a Hollywood chef and an aspiring actress who embark on a get-rich quick scheme that results in mistaken identify and a run-in with the mob.
Producing the film are Mary Aloe, Brian Hartman, Henry Boger and Alexander Tabrizi. Mike Dolan, Ben Barton and Eric Brown are executive producing. Free Fall Films and Trivision Pictures are co-producing. Filming is to begin soon.
Aloe, founder of Proud Mary, said she and her counterparts at Smithfield already have started lining up projects for their slate. Along with Smithfield’s Dolan, Aloe set up a line of credit to co-finance the slate of films, with Arclight selling foreign rights.
Kevin Farley has appeared a variety of TV and film projects, including the upcoming indie comedy “The Gold and the Beautiful,” with brother John. He also appeared in “Artie,” a comedy written and produced by Berman. Kevin Farley is repped by AKA Talent Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
John Farley is repped by Ellis Talent Group and Precision Entertainment.
Beverly Hills-based Proud Mary’s productions include “Battle in Seattle” with Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson and “Tortured,” starring Laurence Fishburne and James Cromwell. The company also is developing “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.”
Smithfield is based in Pittsburgh and runs the region’s only full-service production studio.
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