'The Oranges,' a movie starring Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester, on location at Tropicana in Atlantic City.
On Saturday, April 24, a movie comedy called The Oranges spent a day of filming at the Tropicana. The film stars British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for his role as Dr. Gregory House on the Fox TV series House, and former Gossip Girls star Leighton Meester. The movie filmed throughout the casino, including at slot machines and a craps table, in The Quarter and on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The film is directed by TV veteran Julian Farino (Entourage), with a script by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss. The title, if you’re wondering, does refer to the cities in North Jersey. The rest of the cast features an all-star line-up of indie film stars including Catherine Keener, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat, Tim Guinee, and The West Wing’s Oliver Platt and Allison Janney.
In the film Meester stars as a young woman coming off a broken relationship who is encourage to date the successful son (Brody) of her parents’ best friend. Instead she falls for the friend, played by Laurie, which does not please anyone except the two lovers.
Atlantic City’s outpost of Cuba Libre — in Tropicana’s Havana-themed Quarter — completed an extensive reworking of its bill of fare earlier this summer. These changes reflect the personal experiences of chef/partner Guillermo Pernot during several extended visits to that long-forbidden Caribbean island.
'I think what you’ll see [Tropicana] do as we move forward is make a series of small announcements about things we’re doing to improve the property. Hopefully, maybe in about six months, we’ll have our master plan done and be able to make a big announcement about the future of the Tropicana.'
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