Movie crew moves in
Indie film director Mike Mills and crew have landed in Beaverton to start shooting 'Thumbsucker,' a movie based on the 1999 comic novel by Gen-X writer Walter Kirn.
Scripted by Mills, 'Thumbsucker' is a quirky coming-of-age tale about a boy with an unshakable oral fixation. The ensemble cast includes Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Mills, 35, is a director and graphic designer who has worked with director Ang Lee. Mills is married to Malaika Amon, a Portland native and a 1986 Lincoln High School graduate. This is his directorial debut.
'Matrix' star Reeves plays Perry Lyman, a hippie dentist who tries to help break the boy of his thumb-sucking habit. McConaughey plays a high-school debate coach. D'Onofrio plays the macho father, and Swinton portrays the mother of the thumb sucker. The lead role is rumored to be filled by 'Lord of the Rings' star Elijah Wood.
'Thumbsucker' is in pre-production right now, according to sources. Filming is expected to start July 9 and last three months.
Street family indicted
A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted 12 members of a local street family in the death of Jessica Kate Williams.
Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Norm Frink said additional charges may be filed against some of the defendants after the grand jury finishes reviewing evidence in the case.
Charged with aggravated murder are: Danielle Marie Cox, 18; James Aaron Stewart, 18; and Carl Richard Alsup, 17. They also face second- and third-degree assault charges. All three are accused of killing Williams under the east end of the Steel Bridge. Her body was discovered on the morning of May 23.
Charged with kidnapping, coercion and assault are: James D. Nelson, 27; Steven Scott Pearce, 20; Crystal Lee Elliott, 16; Sarah La'Dona Caster, 17; Joshua Ryan Brown-Lenon, 18; Cory Robert Dennison, 19; Crystal Ann Grace, 20; Cassandra Jean Hale, 20; and Heidi Lee Keller, 20.
Alsup remains at large.
Forum set on shooting
A community forum on the Kendra James shooting will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 at the Mt. Olivet Family Life Center, 8725 N. Chautauqua Blvd.
Mayor Vera Katz promised to hold the forum after James, a 21-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed by Portland police officer Scott McCollister while trying to flee an early morning traffic stop May 5.
Although a Multnomah County grand jury declined to indict McCollister for any crime related to the shooting, Katz said many people still have questions about the incident that need to be addressed.
Police officials are conducting an internal administrative review of the shooting that could result in discipline being imposed on McCollister and the two other officers involved in the stop, Richard Bean and Kenneth Reynolds.
According to Elise Marshall, the mayor's liaison to the bureau, the review should be completed by July 1. But Marshall said Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker will not have decided what discipline if any to impose on the officers by then.