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Dinah Manoff directs mom Lee Grant in new play
Dinah Manoff's latest directing venture features quite the stellar cast, including her Oscar award-winning mother, Lee Grant.
Dinah tapped her mom to costar with Peabody award winner Frank Buxton in a reading of the D.L. Coburn comedy "The Gin Game" at Island Music Guild in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 17 and 18. Dinah has been living and working on the island for nearly a decade.
While mother and daughter have worked together in the past, including Lee's appearance on Empty Nest in 1992, this marks the first time with Dinah in the director's chair.
Photo credit: Michael C. Moore, Kitsap Sun. L-R: Buxton, Manoff, Grant.
Park Overall's latest, In the Family, now on DVD
Park Overall's latest film, the critically acclaimed In the Family, is now available on DVD after a successful run on the film festival circuit.
In the film, Park plays the character Sally Hines, the matriarch of a family who, upon the death of her son, struggles to pick up the pieces and understand the role of her son's partner in the new family configuration.
"Park is excellent in it," Patrick Wang, the film's director and star, tells Empty Nest Online, "and gets to showcase both her comedic and dramatic talents."
Park shared this statement: "It is the best movie I've ever done, by far. It is the kind of movie I always wanted to be in, but they just don't make movies like this. I could not be more pleased with the script, the director, the cast, everyone involved."
Empty Nest airing in the Netherlands
European fans: You can now catch Empty Nest on Comedy Central Family in the Netherlands! The show began airing on the network in 2013.
David Leisure reprises Joe Isuzu role to "endorse" Romney
Last fall, David Leisure reprised his iconic TV ad role as lying car salesman Joe Isuzu for a new series of humorous campaign "endorsements" for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Read the story and watch the spots here.
Kristy McNichol comes out to People magazine
Kristy McNichol, who has remained largely out of the spotlight since leaving Empty Nest in 1992, has come out as a lesbian in an effort to be true to herself and help those bullied because of their sexual orientation. You can read the article on Kristy, and see a recent photo of her with her partner of 20+ years, on People's website.
"I was happy to help shape her statement and lend her my support on her very personal decision to come out," Jeff Ballard, Kristy's publicist, tells Empty Nest Online, adding that Kristy's People.com announcement had passed 1.5 million hits just days after it went live in January.
Nearly a week after People broke the news on Kristy's coming out, she released a second statement to the magazine in which she spoke about the reaction she's seeing: "I'm overwhelmed with the love and support of my family, friends and fans."
Another photo of Kristy also surfaced, posing with actor Chandler Massey of Days of Our Lives. Ballard, publicist for both stars, arranged the meeting. Check out the Greg in Hollywood site for the full story and photo with Massey.
Park Overall makes modest showing at polls, misses Democratic nomination for TN Senate
Last year, Park Overall followed in the footsteps of her Kindergarten Cop costar Arnold Schwarzenegger by entering the political arena. Park launched a campaign for U.S. Senate in her home state of Tennessee but failed to garner enough votes for the Democratic nomination in the state's primary election. Read the full story here.