Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"The Help" Filming in Greenwood

Going back...

Based on the beloved New York Times bestselling novel, "The Help," is the story of three extraordinary women in the deep South in 1962. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but her mother will not be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but she has disappeared, and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job.

Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

Emma Stone ... Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Hilly Holbrook

Mike Vogel ... Johnny Foote

Allison Janney ... Eugenia's Mom

Jessica Chastain ... Celia Foote

Sissy Spacek ... Missus Walters

Anna Camp ... Jolene French

Viola Davis ... Aibileen Clark

Chris Lowell ... Stuart Whitworth

Octavia Spencer ... Minny Jackson

Ahna O'Reilly ... Elizabeth Leefolt
Brian Kerwin ... Robert Phelan

Aunjanue Ellis ... Yule Mae

Cicely Tyson ... Constantine Jefferson
Leslie Jordan ... Mr. Blackly
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Grace Higginbotham

Roslyn Ruff ... Pascagoula

Wes Chatham ... Carlton Phelan

Tiffany Brouwer ... Rebecca

Tarra Riggs ... Gretchen
Ritchie Montgomery ... Bus Driver
La Chanze ... Rachel Jefferson
Carol Sutton ... Cora

If you haven't read this book, you should. There is something in it for everyone, regardless of where you were in the 1960's.

This is a major motion picture being filmed in the Delta... and we should be proud! It not only recognizes the literary achievement of Mississippians, but gives us a true snapshot of what life was like in the segregated south.

I was in Greenwood last week and met several of the cast and crew. All were quite delightful and complementary of the Delta. Aside from the 100 degree plus temperatures they were enduring in costume and make-up, they found Greenwood very "charming".

Filming will go on throughout October and the movie will be released in early 2011. This is a very positive happening for the Delta. Some good news at last!



Anonymous said...

most of the films based in the southern states depict the south as a racist and ignorant place. will this film be any different

Anonymous said...

I doubt it will be any different than the others!

It's time for a change! LOL

Anonymous said...

OMG! Forthright is BACK....yeah!!!!

Anonymous said...

Naaa, he just dropped by for a minute and now Just like Greenville he is GONE!! See ya in a few months Forthright!!

Anonymous said...

It is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Would someone axe Sissy Spacek if the carpet matches the drapes.

Anonymous said...

Forthright comes in ....starts some
"sh*t"...and then leaves!

He's nothing but an instigator!

Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder....IS Forthright

Anonymous said...

I know he dont read the post!

Anonymous said...

Hey, give Forthright a break. There ain't much going on in Greenville so what have you contributed. If you got a topic to discuss write about it and maybe it will make the front page. Who cares if he is black or white? This is the only place you can have you opinion written. A blog is only as good as the people on it.

Anonymous said...

What was that???

Anonymous said...

It's amazing!

You would think that a "crackhead"
would spend ALL of his money on "crack"...therefore, he/she would NOT have any remaining money to spend on a computer and internet service...like the above
"rambling" poster!

Anonymous said...

Do they offer a CLASS in "defensive
home invasion" suggestions?

Defensive home invasion IS essntially defending your
home against invaders in good form that utilizes
tried home invasions strategies to enable home owners
to address identifiable hazards in a predictable manner.

These strategies also should lead all right beyond instruction on underlying laws and procedures.

Self defense?

A man's home is his castle and it's his right to protect it!

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is the "Castle Law" in Mississippi. Look it up.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no!

THE resident "crack head"got "cracked up", again
....and again he/she "rambled on"!

He/she wants to BE Forthright!

Anonymous said...

why is Dr. Prior leaving Greenville/drmc?

Anonymous said...

Don't know Dr. Prior.

What did he/she specialize in?

Anonymous said...

Hey, did you hear about the MVSU
students that are sueing THE Valley
because their major...recording industry (music)...was "cut" from the program?

According to SAC (Southern Association of Colleges)...the major was approved, but THE Valley
never did provide the appropriate documentation!

90% of the enrolled students receive financial aide.

One particular "former" student is sueing for $10,000
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Read the article in the Clarion Ledger!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Prior is a Radiologist and a damned good one (came from KDH). He is probably leaving Greenville for the same reasons everyone else is. It is a hopeless wasteland of welfare and crime.

He can get a job anywhere. It is amazing that they kept him this long.

Word is they can't give Ray's job away. "Captain of the Titanic". UMC passed on its offer to take it over, so I guess Maize will rule forever (or until it folds) which should be about the time they finish the by-pass around Greenville.

If your house is not on the market, you are just fooling yourself. It is only going to get worse!

Anonymous said...

If it is true about Dr. Prior leaving, it is a great loss to our medical facility and community!

Anonymous said...

UMC didn't pass on DRMC. DRMC, in their wise moment, passed on UMC. Get your facts straight./

Anonymous said...

DRMC passed on UMC...they need BMc. She can ramrod anything (including DJF).

Anonymous said...

Just heard on the evening news that our property taxes are going up another 5%. They just raised them 5% in 2008. That's 10% in two years! How much has the value of your property decreased in the past five years?

The city boasts about not having to cut any city jobs and adding $600K to their budget! Now you know where it will come from... US...Greenville residents.

They have already cut services such as garbage pick-up and now we are paying another 5% for the luxury of living in the welfare capital of the state.

"Why" you ask. Simple... as the taxpayers flee Greenville in droves, someone has to maintain all of the city services to the 90% welfare community that remains.

In ten years, there won't be any taxpayers left in Greeville. So, if you are the last taxpayer to leave Greenville, please cut the lights off. Unless the begin taxing Meth labs and crack houses,there will be no one left to pay their bills!

Anonymous said...

The Meth labs and crack houses don't pay property taxes, and they sure as hell don't pay anything to IRS.

They have nothing to lose.

If they get caught...they still get to live rent free with three meals a day...in Parchman!

What's wrong with this picture??

Anonymous said...

I agree about Dr. Prior. He is a fabulous radiologist. He was the last physician recruited by BMC at KDH. You think she would help DRMC find some more physicians of his caliber?

Anonymous said...

In the land of the blind, a one-eyed man is king.

Anonymous said...

WHO is BMC????

Anonymous said...

Why is a well digger (shultz) on the board of DRMC?

Anonymous said...

Because someone NEEDS to dig thru
DRMC's sh!t.

Anonymous said...

DRMC is so much better off since Ray left. The administration people left now, sans Mr Wells, really care about patients and families, and employees sometimes. Give us a chance, and watch how we grow and improve without being stifled and smothered by Ray Ray!

Anonymous said...

i guess bmc is Beth McWright.

Anonymous said...

The old "delta docs" would not let BMC come in here. She wouldn't take their crap at KDH and they would never let her in here to clean up. She might just clean them out. Along with some other excess around here that do nothing.

Anonymous said...

Did you mean Beth McKnight?

The whole time that she was at KDH
(years!)...she play "footsie" and
"other" things with the hospital administrator, Don Fisher.

Both were married to "other" people.

And if BETH did NOT like an employee...THE employee got fired!

Anonymous said...

oops. sounds like Anonymous 7:40pm may have been part of the 'excess' at KD.

Anonymous said...

No, I personally have NEVER worked at either KD or DRMC.

But, I still knew several employees that Beth got "rid" of!

Ask around town, and you'll find out who they were!

Anonymous said...

Not sure what 2:10 a.m. has against this lady since she did not ever work at either hospital. Sounds like a personal vendeta against her for some reason. I think the other person was just saying she could help the hospital. Isn't that what we all want, someone who can help fix all the concerns of DRMC? Whatever your personal thing is, get over it! We need help if we are going to save the only hospital we have left.

Anonymous said...

9:39 AM

Maybe, just maybe...YOU are someone that SHE played "footsie" with!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disappoint you but I am female!And I have not ever worked for BMC at KD or DMC.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the person who talks the footsie talk has a personal issue with BMC. For us who worked at KDH, we were grateful she was there. She kept the staff involved and she did care about us. She did get rid of the folks who did not do there jobs so that may be the person's friends but for us having to work with those people we were glad that they were no longer there. AND she protected us from the doctors whose wrath could be very hard at times.

Anonymous said...

We have heard about the comments about Ms. Mac -- so not true. I don't care what that person says, they have something personal against her and she was probably let go. Anom 11:09 is right - we were glad to see those go that got paid the same as us and didn't do their part in taking care of the patients. Wish we had someone like her here at DRMC.

Anonymous said...

The person who does not like Mrs. McKnight should remember that when she was here, we still had KD. And how she fought to try to save it. We all did not realize how good it really was until we had to go work at another hospital. The grass is not always greener.

Anonymous said...

We agree.. Several of us are reading this and are surprised at the venom of the person that talks about her. Many of us were "purchased" in the buy out and were treated terrible by everyone at DMC. Most of us left to go to other hospitals. For those left behind, they were demoted, salaries cut, and treated like second class citizens. Don't we all wish we were back in those days at KD??? Those were the days.

Anonymous said...

We had a family member in DRMC several months ago. They need someone to ramrod that place. We won't be back for anyone in our family again. We were a KD family, many of us were born there, and never lacked of good care. I also wish KD was back.

Anonymous said...

I saw if BMC is that good at ramroding why don't we send her to City Hall to clean up that mess??

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