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Welcome to Pine Grove! – Laura&Her Mother: Emotional Core In The Film

This is a very nice article about the movie, but what is very interesting is that they say that the relationship between Laura and her mom should help establish an emotional core to the film. YAY! That is exactly what we were expecting! 😀

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgThe cast for “Welcome to Pine Grove!” continues to grow by the day. Last week, both Ellen Burstyn and James Caan joined the cast in the Rom-Com. Since then, we’ve had two more casting announcements to add to the impressive cast. The new cast members include some big TV and film veterans to certainly be excited about. Among the group is Elizabeth Mitchell, Loretta Devine, and more.

“Welcome to Pine Grove” producer Harrison Powell announced Mitchell’s casting, which comes on the heels of a group of four yesterday. That group included Devine, Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, and Jane Curtain. The latest addition helps to solidify a quickly expanding cast. Mitchell is best known for her role on “Lost” which netted her an Emmy nomination in 2010. Mitchell is set to play Burstyn’s daughter, which should help establish an emotional core to the film.

“Welcome to Pine Grove!,” touted as “Mean Girls” in a senior living community, has picked up a very good ensemble now. The cast is full of Oscar and Emmy nominees and winners, which should help bring out the considerable talent. Michael Lembeck, who directs “Welcome to Pine Grove!,” has previous experience directing both film and television. Lembeck and Mitchell worked together on “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.”Donald Martin wrote the screenplay based on a story from Powell. With an impressive cast and some funny material, this looks like it could quickly become a smash hit.

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Welcome to Pine Grove! – About Laura’s Mom

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgWe found this article that is more specific about why Laura’s mom moves into Pine Grove Senior Community. She accidentally set her home on fire.

It will be so interesting exploring this mother-daughter relationship. We can’t wait!

Actor Elizabeth Mitchell has joined the cast of romantic comedy “Welcome to Pine Grove!”.

Mitchell will play the daughter of Ellen Burstyn’s character, reported Variety.

Michael Lembeck is directing the film from a screenplay by Donald Martin based on a story by Harrison Powell.

The story is inspired by Powell’s grandmother’s own experience of moving into a retirement community.

In the film, Burstyn plays an independent widow who moves into the Pine Grove Senior Community after accidentally setting her home on fire and realises that it is like being in high school all over again.

Mitchell plays a successful real estate agent with a complicated relationship with her mother.

The cast also includes James Caan as the love interest of Burstyn’s character and Ann-Margret, Loretta Devine, Jane Curtin, and Christopher Lloyd as Pine Grove residents.

The Astute Films production is currently filming in Atlanta.

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Welcome To Pine Grove! Production Started

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgSome of the cast have been in Atlanta already since July 31, so Welcome To Pine Grove!  production officially started.

We want to wish Liz to have a lot of fun while filming this movie. We are so excited to see it for all the reasons we wrote in the previous post.

Currently shooting in the US state of Georgia.

Astute Films’ Harrison Powell, Dominique Telson and Fred Bernstein are producing, with Rick Jackson and Claudine Marrotte serving as executive producers.

Telson commented: “We are thrilled this amazing cast will be telling this story, which is an homage to people of all ages who still believe in love. Many people we have met while developing this project have their own Welcome to Pine Grove! stories, and our hope is to inspire many more.”

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Awwww so close to where they’re filming one of Julie Plec’s new shows.


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Welcome to Pine Grove! – Elizabeth To Play Burstyn’s Daughter

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgAnd our wish comes true. We wanted Elizabeth to play Ellen Burstyn’s daughter and that’s what she plays! YEEEEEEEEES! We wanted that for so many reasons.
We like Ellen a lot, plus she also plays the main character in the movie, so Laura will be an important (and super interesting) role. 😀 YAY!

What is even more amazing is that we actually have never seen the development of a mother-daughter relationship (where Liz is the daugher) in one of our Queen’s projects. So this role will be so totally new and we are so excited about that!

They removed Elizabeth from the cast of the movie on imdb, but probably it’s because there was some exclusive for a news outlet, so don’t panic, it’s normal. [UPDATE: her name is back there]

We found two articles (Deadline & Variety) with a description of Laura. 😀

Elizabeth Mitchell Joins ‘Welcome to Pine Grove!’

Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell has joined Ellen Burstyn and James Caan in the romantic comedy Welcome to Pine Grove!, from director Michael Lembeck.

Based on a story by Harrison Powell, one of the film’s producers, the film centers on Helen Wilson (Burstyn), an independent widow who reluctantly moves into the Pine Grove Senior Community after accidentally setting her home on fire.

At Pine Grove, Wilson realizes that it is like being in high school all over again.

Mitchell will play Helen’s daughter Laura, a successful real estate agent with a complicated relationship with her mother. Her controlling nature hides her heartfelt worry for Helen’s well-being.

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Welcome to Pine Grove! – “Elizabeth Mitchell Also Board”

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgWe found this hollywoodreporter‘s article about the new movie with Liz, but there’s no info about her character yet.

Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Mitchell also board the romantic comedy alongside Ellen Burstyn and James Caan.

The romantic comedy Welcome to Pine Grove! has added Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Loretta Devine, Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Mitchell.

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New Movie: “Welcome to Pine Grove!”

We were checking IMDB for info about The Buried Girl and we noticed that the year has been removed (hopefully it’s just a mistake or something), but we also noticed a great news: Elizabeth will play Laura in the romantic comedy Welcome to Pine Grove!  directed by Michael Lembeck (Santa Clause movies’ director). They’re going to film it later this summer.

This is the plot:

http://elizabeth-mitchell.org/skin2017/WelcomeToPineGrove.jpgThe newest resident at the Pine Grove Senior Community quickly discovers it’s just like high school – full of cliques and flirts – but also chances to find friendship and love again.

“Welcome to Pine Grove!” follows Helen Wilson (Burstyn), an independent widow who moves into the Pine Grove Senior Community and discovers it’s just like high school, full of cliques and flirtatious suitors. Caan will play Dan Simpson, the hot new guy at Pine Grove and Burstyn’s love interest.

We are really dying to know what her role is about. The movie is about a senior community. So Laura could be a daughter of someone, or a doctor, or a nurse… what do you think?

And the movie has a great cast!

Elizabeth Mitchell … Laura
Christopher Lloyd … Arthur
Ann-Margret … Margot
James Caan  … Dan
Ellen Burstyn … Helen 

This is an article we found on Variety.

Ellen Burstyn and James Caan are starring in the romantic comedy “Welcome to Pine Grove!” with shooting expected to begin later this summer.

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