Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PHOTOS: Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford in Sarasota to shoot Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham movie 'Parker'

Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford is shooting part of Jennifer Lopez movie "Parker" in Sarasota.

Just received this pic of Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford at Ringling Museum of Art's Ca’ d’Zan Mansion.

He's being welcomed by Sarasota Film Festival's Sharyn Weiner, vice president, and Kathy Jordan, managing Director at Ca'd'Zan.

Hackford, the president of the Directors Guild of America. is in Sarasota today through Friday to shoot "Parker."

The crime/thriller stars Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez as well as Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis (TV’s “The Shield.”).

"Parker" is based on author Donald Westlake's namesake criminal protagonist in numerous novels.

Here's Hackford pictured above, whose resume includes directing “Ray,” “Devil’s Advocate” as well as “Officer and a Gentleman,” with Tom Garrett, who emailed me the pics tonight.

Garrett, pictured above with Chiklis, is film professor at the University of Tampa and director of special initiatives for the Sarasota Film Festival. Garrett told me SFF will be throwing a wrap party for the Ca’ d’Zan shoot.

“Parker” screenwriter John McLaughlin, best known for contributing to the “Black Swan” script, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 movie “Death Collector,” which Garrett directed.

The Ringling Museum of Art has stated the the leads wouldn't be present.

Lopez performed Saturday at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. There are no other upcoming public events posted on her official website.

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