The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - May 13, 1994

Masterson is building 'Block'
Written by Anita M. Busch

Mary Stuart Masterson, who has just joined the cast of Savoy Pictures' ''Heaven's Prisoner'' starring Alec Baldwin, will next make her feature film directorial debut on an independent romantic comedy called ''Around the Block.''

''Around the Block,'' which Masterson wrote and will star in, will start preproduction immediately after shooting ends on ''Heaven's Prisoner.''

''Heaven's Prisoner,'' which starts production May 31, is being directed by Phil Joanou and produced by Al Ruddy, Andre Morgan and Leslie Greif. Harley Peyton adapted from a book by James Lee Burke.

''Around the Block'' will be produced by Marie Cantin, who has been developing the film with Masterson for about a year. The film is set in Austin, Texas, against the backdrop of the R&B and alternative music scene. According to Masterson, the film ''is about love and fear, self-reliance and self-indulgence, surrender and sense of humor, acceptance and sacrifice, sex and physics, trust and love.''

Masterson last starred as Anita in 20th Century Fox's women's westerner ''Bad Girls.'' She was critically acclaimed for her performances in both MGM's ''Benny & Joon'' (opposite Johnny Depp) and in Universal Pictures' ''Fried Green Tomatoes,'' and won a best supporting actress award from the National Board of Review for her work in Jonathan Kaplan's ''Immediate Family.''

Masterson stars opposite Brian Benben in the George Lucas production of ''Radioland Murders,'' to be released this year through Universal.