Eric Roberts and Dr. Rico Simonini will topline My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julias brother), a platonic rom-com bromance that will be shooting this month in Los Angeles. Described as along the lines of Louie Malles My Dinner With Andre, the film follows Roberts having dinner with his cardiologist and friend, Dr. Rico and evolves into their deep passionate friendship and how their lives are intertwined. The pic was written by Roberts, Simonini, Eliza Roberts and Darryl Marshak. Eliza Roberts and Marshak are directing and producing the project with Sarbori Bhattacharya, Joe Levy, and Sambhu Choifhury serving as executive producers.
Wendy Makkena (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Walter Belenky (Law and Order, The Good Wife) have been added to the cast of Spiked, and indie drama based on Arizona newspaper publisher Joseph Soldwedel. The film hails from Juan Martinez Vera, who wrote the screenplay and is directing. Its about a feud between a newspaper owner and the chief of police that leads to the blurring of the truth when the murder of a migrant worker shakes a southwest border town. Aidan Quinn stars in the film, which is being produced by Per Melita. Makkena is repped by Nicolosi & Company and Schumacher Management. Belenky is repped by Across the Board Talent Agency and Shushu Entertainment.