Ohio Valley Natives In The World Of Entertainment

Ohio Valley natives are filling important roles in the world of entertainment.

Glen Dale native Molly Hughes, an award-winning cinematic art director, is the production designer for “Every Secret Thing,” a new film that is being produced by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, a Bethany College graduate who got her early start on the Bethany stage and at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre.

Filming is expected to begin soon in New York City for “Every Secret Thing,” a movie based on a novel of the same title by author Laura Lippman.

A plot summary states: “A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death.”

Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald will star as the 18-year-old women, who, at age 11, were convicted of murdering a baby and were incarcerated.

Describing the plot twists, an article about the film stated, “Upon their release, children start to go missing; as the police turn their attention to the duo, the mystery surrounding the original murder comes back to light.”

Diane Lane will star as the mother of one of the girls. Elizabeth Banks will play the lead police officer.

Meanwhile, Hughes served as the supervising art director for the 2012 film, “The Bourne Legacy,” and as art director for the 2011 film, “War Horse.”

Hughes won the 2012 Excellence in Production Design Award, presented by the Art Directors Guild, for her work in the 2011 film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

In addition, she was nominated for the Excellence in Production Design Award in 2011 for the 2010 film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and for the same award in 2010 for the 2009 film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Hughes is the daughter of interior designer Mary Beth Hughes of Wheeling and Moundsville attorney Charles Hughes.

Another Glen Dale native, country music star Brad Paisley, is the subject of the cover story in Parade magazine, found in today’s edition of the Sunday News-Register.

Paisley, son of Doug and Sandy Paisley of Glen Dale, certainly has come a long way from his days as a youngster singing the National Anthem for area civic groups, appearing at local events and performing on Jamboree USA.

The cover of today’s issue of Parade magazine labels Paisley as an “American Dreamer.” The interesting article is titled “Brad Paisley Strikes a New Chord.”

Meanwhile, a photograph of Paisley performing in Nashville is one of the illustrations for an article on “Southern Comforts” in the March-April issue of AAA Living magazine.

The AAA Living article mentions ABC’s hit television show, “Nashville.” In a case of art perhaps imitating life, Paisley’s wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is one of the cast members of “Nashville.”

Wheeling native and actor John Corbett also has returned to series television. He is starring on the CBS spin-off, “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

In the new TV drama, Corbett has been cast as the leader of a mobile team that solves crimes around the country.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net