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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    Stanley Tucci and John Bradley Join Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall

    Stanley Tucci and John Bradley Join Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall According to Deadline, Stanley Tucci and John Bradley have signed on for Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall just in time for production to kick off in Montreal this month. The duo join a cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry, Charlie Plummer and Randy Thomas. Tucci will play a character called Tom Phillips, described as a rich car dealer who is married to Wilson’s ex-wife, while Bradley will play KC Houseman — a role previously filled by Josh Gad until scheduling conflicts forced him out of the picture — the eccentric genius who discovers that the moon has fallen out of its orbit. In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation. Wilson will play a disgraced former NASA astronaut whose last mission, which ended in tragedy, holds a clue about the impending catastrophe. Berry will play a NASA astronaut-turned-administrator whose previous space mission holds a clue about an impending catastrophe. The Conjuring and Insidious vet is set to star as a disgraced NASA astronaut whose previous mission ended in tragedy but holds a clue about the impending disaster. Plummer will play Wilson’s teenage son in the film. Directed by Emmerich, Moonfall begins production this fall in Montreal with a script written by Emmerich, his 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser, and Spenser Cohen. Emmerich is producing the independent feature film under his Centropolis Entertainment banner with Kloser producing through his company, Street Entertainment. Executive producers are Dennis Wang, James Wang, J.P. Pettinato, Marco Shepherd, Ute Emmerich, Carsten Lorenz, and Stuart Ford. RELATED: Lionsgate Lands Rights to Roland Emmerich’s Sci-Fi Action Film Moonfall Like last year’s #1 box office hit Midway, Emmerich and Centropolis are independently producing and financing Moonfall, overseeing all aspects of production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing in collaboration with Lionsgate, AGC International, and the film’s distribution partners around the world. Tucci will next be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The Witches alongside Anne Hathaway, while Bradley, best known for his role as Samwell Tarley in Game of Thrones, last appeared on the TV series Urban Myths. Moonfall is slated to be released theatrically by Lionsgate in North America in 2021.

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