Singer-songwriter John Flynn wears his heart on his guitar and uses his music to help struggling war veterans, children with AIDS and many others.
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Hollywood in Bridgeville
Bar owner Alex Pires’ first feature film brings well-known actors to Sussex and, perhaps, Sussex to Tinseltown.
Delaware’s scrapple capital will soon grace the silver screen thanks to a new movie written, directed and produced by Dewey Beach bar baron Alex Pires. “Mayor Cupcake,” a full-length feature set in Delaware, was filmed in Bridgeville and at the beach last summer. It is Pires’ first turn as a director.
The film stars Lea Thompson of “Caroline in the City” and “Back to the Future” as Mary, an uneducated woman who bakes cupcakes at Jimmy’s Grille (owned by Pires’ Highway One Limited Partnership) in Bridgeville. Mary becomes mayor when her daughter secretly places her on the ballot. The inexperienced “Mayor Cupcake” rises to the occasion, bringing new life to Bridgeville.
The film is a family project for Thompson. Her two daughters play her daughters in the movie. Her husband, Howie Deutch, has a prominent role as well. Judd Nelson of “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” plays Mary’s husband.
Pires believes Thompson was drawn to the role for the same reason he expects other women to enjoy the movie. “There are very few movies where women are heroes,” he says. “Our society usually has guys being the hero, and the girl is on the sideline going, ‘Go get ’em, hon.’ Here, the guys are on the sidelines. Women are extremely talented, but too often they aren’t given a chance.”
Pires wrote the screenplay with Art d’Alessandro. He describes the flick as a Capra-esque film from another era. “It’s a feel-good, happy film,” he says. “You get goosebumps watching it." —Marianne Nagengast
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