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May 03, 2006

East Hampton Stars Are Born?

Independent / Jessica Mackin A group of East Hampton students will head to Hollywood to make a movie this summer, including David Flam Rubenstein, front row, first on right, and Ashley Gardiner, front row, first on left. (click for larger version)
"You know how everyone is when they're a kid," said David Flam Rubenstein, 14. "Everyone wants to be in the movies."

While Hollywood may inspire many dreams, it rarely grants them. But in the case of Rubenstein and a group of East Hampton youngsters who are scheduled to participate in a $30 million budget film this summer, Hollywood, a famously hard shell to crack, has been quite welcoming.

Thanks to a connection to one of the producers of the film, Rubenstein was asked to take part in the film and was told to bring eight fellow thespians-in-training for a three-day trip to California this summer.

The film, a still-untitled comedy, will tell the tale of "an underage individual who steals his mom's credit card to play online poker," according the executive producer of the film, William Waldrop. He wins a seat in a high stakes poker match in Vegas, but because rules forbid minors from playing, his mother takes over for him. Waldrop said that actress Sandra Bullock was in discussions to play the mother in the movie, which will be shot on location in Las Vegas and in Hollywood. Other names floating around the project include William H. Macy, Antonio Banderas, and Felicity Huffman, of "Desperate Housewives" fame. Scott Marshall, the son of director Gary Marshall (Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride) is under discussions to direct.

Rubenstein, an eighth grader, said he thought he would be playing the role of a friend of the lead character, a speaking part. Waldrop said that the filmmakers "look forward to working with this group of fresh talent."

While Rubenstein has yet to grace the big screen, a love for the medium runs deep. He has written The Indy's Kid's Reel column for four years, critiquing current and older films on a weekly basis. "I've always loved movies, the acting, the directing, how they shoot it," he said.

"I've always wanted to see how they shoot a film," he added. "Basically, I can't wait."

Another of the participants in the project is Ashley Gardiner, a graduate of The Ross School and currently a senior at NYU. The 21-year old will meet with producers of the film this week in California to talk about the film and future career prospects in the industry. For Gardiner, the film offers her an early jump on her future aspirations. "It is something that I've wanted to do," she said. "I was hoping to pursue it further after I graduated."

The group from East Hampton recently met up for pizza and to talk about the starry road ahead. "Everyone is really excited about it," Gardiner said. "I'm a little nervous, too."

As for Rubenstein, he remained pragmatic about whether he thought the opportunity would lead him to a career in show business. "I'll see how it goes," he said. "But yes, I think so."

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