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Dead starlet's local movie tie-in has Vermont abuzz

Former Playboy model and screen starlet Anna Nicole Smith's death last week has everyone wondering about the release of her final film, "Illegal Aliens." The sci-fi spoof was filmed in Rutland in 2005. The film already had its schedule held up by the death last year of Smith's son, Daniel, who invested in the movie as well as Anna. Director and executive producer David Giancola, owner of Edgewood Studios here in Rutland said it was scheduled for release in April. Born Vickie Lynn Smith on Nov. 28, 1967, Smith gained fame as Vickie Smith, a nude model for Playboy magazine and Guess Jeans. She gained international attention during her marriage to an 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall and the long legal battle over his estate. Smith died Feb. 8 in a south Florida hospital at age 39. Her death occurred a few months after the birth of her daughter and the mysterious death of her son, Daniel Smith, age 20. Giancola's Edgewood Studios based in Rutland is best known for producing direct-to-video action movies. Edgewoods forthcoming "Illegal Aliens," which also starred pro-wrestler Joanie Laurer, is about a trio of extraterrestrials posing as buxom women doing battle with an intergalactic terrorist. With the film completed and Edgewood negotiating with its distributors, Giancola said he does not know what the star's death means for "Illegal Aliens." Interviewed on a local radio talk show last week, Giancola said, "I was concerned about her after Daniel died. I lost two producers and one lead actress; both Daniel and Anna owned a piece of the film." Giancola also said that he was unsure if the film will be put on hold yet again, as it was when Daniel Smith died. "It will remain to be seen if the value of the film will sky rocket," the director said. Giancola has been interviewed by national news media figures since the news of Smith's death. He said he will remember Smith as a fun person. Her death was tragic."

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