Cheryl Hines to direct Adrienne Shelly’s final screenplay


If you didn't see Waitress

at the theater, put it on your Netflix list now so you'll be able to

watch it soon after its DVD release on November 27.

Waitress is a gem of

a movie about a young woman (Keri Russell) in an abusive marriage

who finds an emotional outlet in pie making. The story is winsome and

heartwarming and, at times, hilarious. As The New York Times

said in its review, Waitress

isn't a feel-good movie, but it is a movie that leaves you feeling good.

It will also leave you wanting pie.

Supporting the radiant Russell,

whose gorgeous face kept me watching Felicity even after she cut

her hair, are Cheryl Hines, of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and

Adrienne Shelly
, who wrote and directed Waitress. For Shelly,

the film reflected a talent that had not been evident in her previous

work. But the movie's Sundance premier was bittersweet, since Shelly

was murdered a few months earlier in her Manhattan apartment. At 40,

Shelly was just coming into her own as a filmmaker.

Thanks to Shelly's family and

friends, her work will continue. Shelly's husband, Andy Ostroy, has established the Adrienne Shelly

to support

women filmmakers. He is also co-producing Serious Moonlight,

which Shelly wrote shortly before she was killed. Cheryl Hines will

make her directorial debut with the film.

Serious Moonlight tells

the story of a powerful female attorney who finds out that her husband

is about to leave her for another woman, so she duct tapes him to the

toilet. Her plan is interrupted when robbers invade the house. No doubt,

the script has the same quirkiness and dark comedic touch Shelly gave

to Waitress.

Hines bonded with Shelly during the filming of Waitress

because their daughters were the same age. She told Variety that

she feels honored to be directing Serious Moonlight. "I

feel a great sense of pride to be directing this film. I had such respect

for the work she did. And I love her writing so much. That tone is really

in my wheelhouse." We don't use that expression in my neck of the

woods, but it sounds like a good thing.

I'd be worried about Hines

taking on this film if I'd only seen her in Curb, simply because

I find her character so annoying. But she certainly shined in Waitress.

If she can bring that acting sensibility to her directing, Serious

will be a winner. And that would be the best possible

tribute to Adrienne Shelly.

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