It’s a family affair

Moore, Rivers tap Texas connection for kidpix

Veteran actress Terry Moore has partnered with producer Jerry Rivers and Texas investor Jesse Upchurch to form Moore/Upchurch/Rivers Prods., focusing on family-oriented pics.

Rivers co-produced with Moore on her 1989 feature film outing, “Beverly Hills Brats.” In seeking the G-rated niche, Rivers said, “We saw a big demand for family films at the last American Film Market.”

The company has completed “Second Chances,” directed by James Fargo (“Every Which Way But Loose”) and starring Moore and Charles Shaughnessy (TV’s “The Nanny”) in his first motion picture role, plus Kelsey Mulrooney (“She’s So Lovely”), along with Theodore Bikel and Stuart Whitman.

Four other projects in pre-production include “Picture Me in Paradise,” with Fargo set to helm, and “Shangri-La-La” with Arthur Hiller attached to direct.

Moore, the widow of Hollywood movie mogul Howard Hughes, recently lensed a cameo in Disney’s upcoming “Mighty Joe Young,” a remake of the 1949 original in which she played the lead.

Upchurch, who is fully funding the five-pic slate as exec producer, is a founding member and former director of the Tandy Corp., parent company of Radio Shack. While not previously an investment in feature films, Upchurch’s endowment established the Gwendolyn P. Tandy Memorial Film Library of Texas Christian U. Upchurch is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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