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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Annie Parisse Has Role In Spielberg Minseries

A crew member with Annie Parisse. Photo: Janine Eastgate

Annie Parisse (ADA Alexandra Borgia, Law & Order) will have a role in a Steven Spielberg mini-series called “The Pacific”. Here’s some information on the series and a photo of Annie, from The Heidelberg Leader:

Hollywood in Macleod
Emma Schmidt 21May08

MACLEOD got a big taste of Hollywood last week when Tom Hanks' and Steven Spielberg's epic mini-series filmed its final scenes at La Trobe University.

The Pacific is a 10-episode series following the lives of three American Marines in their fight against the Japanese during World War II.

Rumoured to be costing $150 million, the project is highly anticipated, following the success of the pair's previous collaboration on award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers.

The Ernest Jones Hall was the scene for the South Californian wedding of one of the main characters, Sgt Lena Basilone, who is played by Annie Parisse.

The Spanish-style building was perfect for the scene because of its architecture, location manager Ben Lowe said.

While executive producers Hanks and Spielberg had not made the trip to Macleod to oversee shooting, Mr Lowe said they were pleased with the footage so far.

"The producers are very happy with what's been shot ... and I hope so because we've been working very hard," Mr Lowe said.

The centre's operations manager Steve Petrou said he was excited at having the building as part of the series, particularly because of its historical focus.

"Our building, indirectly, is travelling the world," Mr Petrou said.

The series includes Australian actors Gary Sweet, Isabel Lucas and Tom Budge. It will screen on America's HBO in 2009 and in Australia later the same year.

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