Tuesday, August 3, 2021

General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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    Blake Lively to Star in Netflix’s Psychological Thriller We Used to call home Here

    (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images via Getty)According to Deadline, Netflix has successfully acquired the film rights to the psychological horror-thriller titled We Used to Live Here, a novella written by Marcus Kliewer that was first published on Reddit’s nosleep feature. Shallows star Blake Lively has officially signed on for the leading role in the upcoming film adaptation. This marks Lively’s latest collaboration with Netflix as she has also recently been cast for the Lady Killer adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series, with Diablo Cody set to direct and pen the thriller.RELATED: Breathe: In the Heights’ Melissa Barrera to Star in Netflix Survival DramaWe Used to Live Here (Check out the first part of the novella here) centers around a homeowner who gets a knock at her door while her girlfriend is at work. On the other of the door, she finds a peculiar family consists of a husband, wife, and three kids. The man tells her that he once lived in the house and wanted to take a look around. The homeowner is just getting used to the old house herself, and things get progressively weirder as a snowstorm strands the unwanted visitors as they just won’t leave. The homeowner can’t get rid of them and winds up sorry she ever opened the door as events progress.The film adaptation will be produced by Lively along with Kate Vorhoff through their B for Effort banner. Producers are Dan Kagan, Scott Glassgold for Ground Control Entertainment, and 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan as part of their first-look deal with Netflix.RELATED: John Boyega Exits Leading Role in Netflix’s Thriller Film Rebel RidgeLively first gained recognition for her breakout role as Serena van der Woodsen in The CW’s Gossip Girl, which ran on-air for six seasons from 2007-2012. Her notable film credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Accepted, The Town, The Age of Adaline,  A Simple Favor, and the most recent one The Rhythm Section.

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