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Washington Intrigue Nabs a Role in an Indie Flick

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, November 2, 2006

Let's say you're making a coming-of-age drama set in Washington of the early '60s, about a teenage boy entranced by a beautiful neighbor with shadowy ties to the CIA, White House and Cuban operatives. What do you call it?

How about "Boy of Pigs"?

That's the name of the film that started shooting here this week, starring indie A-list actors such as Gretchen Mol ("The Notorious Bettie Page") and young Cameron Bright (known for roles in "Birth," "Thank You for Smoking" and "X-Men: The Last Stand"), with director William Olsson making his feature debut.

Producer Kevin Leydon said they've already captured scenes at Great Falls and along the canal in Georgetown. As happened with the latest Bruce Willis "Die Hard" shoot, though, affordable Baltimore is playing the role of D.C. for much of the flick; yesterday, residents of the city's Bolton Hill neighborhood watched Bright shooting a scene with co-star Noah Wyle , formerly of "ER."

Still, Leydon says he'll return to Washington to shoot some scenes "at very iconic locations." "This is a relatively low-budget independent movie," he said. "We think the material and the talent make it the ideal film for the film festival circuit."

Mol plays a mistress of JFK who used to be married to a CIA agent. Shades of Mary Pinchot Meyer ? "Although the film references certain historical figures," says a press release, "they are portrayed in entirely fictitious situations." Gotcha.

Campaigning for Candy

Scenes from VIP Halloweens:

· Bob Ehrlich did some trick-or-treating Tuesday in Annapolis -- 2-year-old Josh was a pumpkin, while both the governor and son Drew , 7, dressed as Batman ! (First lady Kendel was Batwoman. ) So, was the gov wearing tights? "I don't know if tights were the best way to describe it," his spokesman hedged. And no, couldn't get the pix . . . His opponent, Martin O'Malley , took two of his younger kids out around Baltimore -- William , 8, dressed as a Narnian knight and Jack , 4, as Spider-Man .

· A young family trawling tony Mass Ave. Heights reports getting a big welcome from Bill Frist 's wife Karyn and all-you-can-eat Milky Ways from the home of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson . Then they bravely approached the home of TV host John McLaughlin , already dark at the haunted hour of 6:40 p.m. "YES?" that familiar voice barked over the intercom. "Trick or treat!" Brief pause. "Oh. I'm in bed. Bye-BYE!"

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

· Mayor Tony Williams , waiting a long time for a lunch table at Les Halles yesterday. Seemed to be shouldering the indignities of lame-duck life with good humor, though. When WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin spotted him outside the Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant and teased him about not getting immediate service, Williams moaned that he had also canceled his weekly news conference yesterday "due to lack of interest."

UPDATE

More fallout for Swedish band the Ark, which has now canceled almost all of its U.S. tour. A week after lead singer Ola Salo made a tasteless joke about a plane crashing into the White House, the band issued a statement explaining the change in plans: "The events of last week really took their toll on the band and right now we're all just too exhausted to go on with the tour as we had hoped to."

Exhaustion? The musicians planned to play Saturday at Schuba's in Chicago, but the show was canceled "due to threats to The Ark's personal safety," according to the club's Web site. Shows in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., were also scratched, but the group still expects to perform Nov. 20 in New York.

THIS JUST IN . . .

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been oddly silent about a Palm Beach County election snafu -- she's accused of voting at the wrong precinct in a local town council election nine months ago. Maybe she was confused? Now a local election official says Coulter and her attorney have rebuffed repeated attempts to investigate, and the case may be turned over to Florida prosecutors. If the acerbic blonde ends up in court and is found guilty of knowingly voting in the wrong precinct, she'll face up to five years in prison.

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