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Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck will be filming a movie in Fairhope.


Happy Senior Bowl Week! Load up on Reese’s peanut butter cups (and whatever else gets you loaded) and get ready to see lots of large men in athletic wear walking around downtown. The weather looks great for the game, so make sure you have your tent passes ready and also your liver. Definitely get it ready.

But before we get to all that, let’s review all of the other local pop culture news of the week. Hut, hut!

Daphne bride on “The Ellen Show”

A video of Daphne bride Mary Bourne Butts dancing at her wedding reception with her terminally ill father, who was in a wheelchair, went viral last month after making everyone in our area and the world ugly-cry. Her father, Jim Roberts, who had been battling glioblastoma, passed away two weeks later.

This beautiful video caught the attention of the folks at “The Ellen Show” show. So, Ellen invited Mary Bourne and her new husband, James, to come on the show and talk about the emotional experience.

The newlyweds told Ellen they planned to save up to buy a house and start a family, so Ellen helped them out by giving them a check for $25,000, courtesy of Cheerios.

More movie stars to fall on Alabama

A movie starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel and country singer Jake Owen is set to start filming in the Port City next month. The movie, titled “The Best Friend,” is a true story from Fairhope that is actually being filmed in Fairhope, which is kind of rare these days (usually other cities/locations stand in for the actual city a movie is set in).

The film chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who lost his wife to ovarian cancer and how their best friend quit his job to move in with them and help care for her and their two daughters.

The city of Fairhope tweeted details about it last week. “We are excited to announce that a feature film will be made in Fairhope! Filming will take place during February and March and is based on a true story that took place here in our beautiful city! The crew has been very professional and they will invest a lot by filming here including hiring, eating and staying in Fairhope. More to come, but we wanted to share our excitement!”

Preliminary Senior Bowl Sightings

It’s early, but we hear two members of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff were spotted in The Royal Scam on Monday night. The Saints lost to the Rams in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. And only because a ref didn’t call pass interference on a textbook case of pass interference near the end of the game, a move that would have all but guaranteed the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl. Since the worst call in the entire history of football had happened just over 24 hours earlier, our spies said the coaches seemed a little dazed as they dined at the Scam.  

We will have a report next week on all of the other sightings. So stay tuned!

Well kids, that’s all I have this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ movie star lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!