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Will Estes Talks ‘Anti-Love Story’ Film, ‘Blue Bloods’ Finale

Usually when we talk about a breakup movie, we mean a movie about a couple  breaking up.  But it’s different in the case of Will Estes’ forthcoming “Anchors” – a film that writer-director David Wexler predicts will actually make a lot of people break up.

That’s according to Estes, who adds, “It’s a real, honest look at the destruction of young first love.  I think, unfortunately for most of us, that’s the way the cookie crumbles:  we don’t end up staying with our first loves.  It’s a good film, an honest film.”

And the film, touted as a sexy, turbulent anti-love story, is also a big departure from Will’s noble cop character, Jamie Reagan – a.k.a. Tom Selleck’s youngest son — on “Blue Bloods.”  He rushed right into work on the indie feature, which also stars Devin Kelley of “The Chicago Code,” as soon as the series wrapped for the season.  In fact, it was almost too much of a rush.

“I am so relieved to be finished with the film.  It was really intense.  We shot about 13 pages of dialogue a day — really big monologues.  It was something that I would have felt pressed to do if I’d had two weeks of rehearsal, but  I had two or three days.  I heard about it Sunday, started shooting Wednesday.  Part of why I said yes is that I thought it would be a really big challenge, a really big exercise as an actor.”

According to Estes, “Blue Bloods” fans can expect to see brotherly friction between Donnie Wahlberg and himself on tomorrow night’s (5/11) big season finale of the show.  “There’s a lot of stuff between Donnie and me — the family relations.  We have a little bit of a blowup that ties into the story of the characters,” Estes tells us.  That’s in addition to the race-against-time thriller story that has Tom Selleck’s Police Commissioner Frank Reagan getting word of a bio-terror plot in NYC.

“It’s a great finale,” he enthuses.  “I’m so excited about ‘Blue Bloods.’  It’s just getting better and better.  Everyone’s really hitting their stride, the writers and producers as well as the actors.”

OPERA-ATION:  Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones certainly surprised the surgical team that worked on her knee replacement at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, CA the other day.  Orthopedic surgeon John Moreland had a recording of Shirley and Gordon MacRae singing “People Will Say We’re in Love” from the 1955 classic movie musical “Oklahoma!” and turned up the volume in the OR for the benefit of the team while they prepped.  Suddenly, the medicos told Shirley’s husband, Marty Ingels, there was an “extra voice” – Shirley herself joining in, despite being in twilight sleep due to anesthesia.  Now, there’s a show-must-go-on mentality!

Selleck, Wahlberg, Estes Head East for ‘Blue Bloods’

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Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Bridget Moynihan and other members of their “Blue Bloods” series company are migrating from West to East coast over the next couple of weeks.  The forthcoming CBS show – about a family of police in New York City – will shoot in New York with a cast consisting mostly of L.A. actors.  So everyone’s moving in advance of the July 26 production start, at least temporarily.

Former “American Dreams” and “Reunion” actor Estes, who is playing the scion of the Reagan police clan, tells us he’ll be staying on in the Big Apple at least six months.  “I’ve always wanted to try living in New York, and I’ve had a secret – well, not so secret – wish to play a cop, so this is two dreams wrapped up in one,” he says.

Estes says he was “really excited” about the “Blue Bloods” project as soon as he read the script — not even knowing that the show was created by “Sopranos” veteran executive producers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green.  Nor did he know until later that Selleck and Wahlberg were aboard.  There was a long, grueling casting process to go through before he finally learned the job was his, he says.  “I waited and waited, days and days.  I finally said, ‘Just stop calling me.  Don’t tell me I’m still in the mix anymore.  Just tell me if I got it,’” he recounts.

If he and his cast mates look like a real family group sitting around a dinner table in the pilot, attribute it to good acting. “We didn’t have any rehearsal or prep time to get the family dynamics” before shooting on that scene commenced, according to Estes.  “It was a fun process, kind of getting thrown in.  I have a friend who has worked with Donnie Wahlberg, so I felt I knew him a little bit, but never had any interaction with Tom Selleck or Bridget Moynihan.  Once we all get our sea legs, I think it’s going to be phenomenal.”

INDUSTRY BITS:  With “Entourage” and “Hung” production wrapping for their respective seasons, stars Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane are gearing up for filmmaker Mark Pellington’s “I Melt With You” – and what a movie it sounds like it is bound to be.  Pellington, who is known for his work with bands from U2 and Nine Inch Nails to Bruce Springsteen, is also the director of such spine-tingling fare as Richard Gere’s “The Mothman Prophecy” and the Jeff Bridges-Tim Robbins suspense thriller, “Arlington Road.”  His latest foray into the big screen scene is being described as “an exciting low budget artistic, almost experimental film” and also as “an explosive dark ugly piece of work about men and a promise made and fulfilled.”

Thomas Jane also has a date with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore ahead – their “L.O.L.” movie about a mother and daughter who get dumped by their men at the same time.  Ashley Greene of “Twilight” fame is in the comedy as well.