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The Seat Filler -- Romance and drama occur after a pop superstar falls for an audience member -- a seat filler posing as an industry executive -- at a music awards show.


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Romance and drama occur after a pop superstar falls for an audience member -- a seat filler posing as an attorney -- at a music awards show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Duane Martin ... Derrick

Kelly Rowland ... Jhnelle

DeRay Davis ... E.J.

Melanie Brown ... Sandie

Patrick Fischler ... Irwin

Christian Copelin ... Kenny

Shemar Moore ... Trent

Denise Dowse ... Derrick's Mom

Glynn Turman ... Derrick's Dad

Kyla Pratt ... Diona
Michael Chinyamurindi ... Nail (as Michael Hinyamurindi)

Curtis Armstrong ... LaJean

Romy Rosemont ... Vicki

Julie Mintz ... Carrie

Tony Lee ... Waiter

Wajid ... Arabian Guy

Giovanni Lopes ... Arabian Guy

Leo Vargas ... TV Engineer

Craig Meier ... Guy

Kenny Lattimore ... Himself

Chante Moore ... Herself (as Chanté Moore)

Jack Yang ... Page

Jamie Nicole Loken ... Page

Christina R. Copeland ... Girl

Sy Smith ... Fitz (VJ)

Shawn Carter Peterson ... Gio (VJ)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cass Asher ... Oscar Nominated Actor
Ryan 'Bosco' Baker ... Dancer
Michelle Dionne ... Dancer (as Dionne Hudson)
Michael Dotson ... Ryan

Denise Gillyard
Nikki Hoard ... Award Attendee

Erik Rusnak ... Seatfiller

Lyn Talbert ... Producer

Eriq La Salle ... Alonso Grant (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Castle 
Writing credits
Mark Brown (written by) &
Duane Martin (written by) and
Tisha Campbell-Martin (written by)

Produced by
Christine Crokos .... executive producer
Frank R. Gardner .... line producer
Nia Hill .... producer
Sharifa Johka .... producer
Michael LaFetra .... executive producer
Duane Martin .... producer
Jada Pinkett Smith .... executive producer
D'Angela Proctor .... producer (as D'Angela Steed)
Will Smith .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Suki Medencevic 
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Julia Wong 
Production Design by
Warren Alan Young 
Art Direction by
S. Quinn 
Set Decoration by
Julieann Getman 
Costume Design by
Debrae Little 
Makeup Department
Mecca .... makeup artist
Kanita Petties .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Dirk Hagen .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... first assistant director
Cecilia Sweatman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Hinman .... property master
Hal Isaacson .... set dresser
Mungai Nguku .... swing gang
Charles Randolph .... lead man (as Charles Jason Randolph)
John Warner .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kilyoung Baek .... sound editor
Charles D. Ballard .... sound editor
Eric Chase .... sound re-recording mixer
David Criden .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... camera operator
Kevin Britton .... film loader
Jennifer Ann Henry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chip Ingram .... grip
Michael Kerr .... grip
Ryan Kirk .... on-set video assist
Chris Lewis .... best boy electric
Christina Lewis .... electrician (as Christina Christensen)
Alexandra Lucka .... additional camera loader
Conrad Montgomery .... epk camera operator
Jimmie R. Owens .... grip
Joseph M. Setele .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
L. Andrew Sigler .... grip
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... extras casting
Andrew Stubblefield .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teri Gill .... key costumer
Demetricus Holloway .... costumer
Heather Patton .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Roger Cooper .... assistant editor
Sera DiBlasio .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Genoveva Winsen .... music recording engineer (as Jordan Winsen)
Genoveva Winsen .... song recording engineer (as Jordan Winsen)
Transportation Department
Jhon B. Agnew .... driver
Paul Feddersen .... driver captain
Héctor G. Gallardo .... production driver
Les Gardner .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Bill Hannah .... driver: honeywagon
Gary Jackon .... driver
Elie Littauer .... driver
Richard Maginnis .... driver
Jhonny T. Martin .... driver
Lou Mendoza .... driver
Hugo Ocana .... driver (as Hugo R. Ocana)
Colleen Rea .... driver
Steve Slotnick .... driver
Other crew
Euphrates 'Tee' Arthur .... car wrangler (2003) (as Euphrates Arthur)
Timothy C. Burns .... combined continuity script
Elizabeth C. Camp .... set production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant
Todd Havern .... set production assistant
Eric M. Klein .... transcription coordinator
Jenz Merrill .... digital titles producer
Ellene Miles .... publicist
Marilyn Penn .... production accountant
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
Charline St. Charles .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Rated PG-13 for sexual dialogue and a drug reference

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[first lines]
Vicki:My name is Vicki Curtis. And you are here to be Seat Fillers. Your job is to make sure the audience never looks empty. Because without you it would look like missing teeth. We, ladies and gentlemen, we complete the smile of Hollywood. All right ya bunch of nobodies, pull out your Seat Filler rule books and read along with me. No chewing gum. No bright colors. No hats, cellphones, or pagers. No gassy foods the night before. And never ever remove your blue ribbon, it's how we identify you.
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This film will fill a romcom lover's evening with pure enjoyment, 13 April 2008
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Derrick (Duane Martin) is a law student in the Los Angeles area. As with most college attendees, he is far from wealthy and he takes a job as a seat filler for area award programs. That is, he fills seats that are vacated by true award nominees as they go for beverages or to use the restrooms, so that when the camera turns to the audience, it always appears full. Naturally, all folks hired for these positions are asked to refrain from any conversations with the elite, or they will be fired. Yet, when Derrick goes to a music awards show, he suddenly finds himself sitting next to the gorgeous Jhnelle (Kelly Rowland), a hip hop princess. She's, well, lovely and Derrick feels his heart pounding faster. By happenstance, Jhnelle breaks the heel on one of her shoes and Derrick bounds out to repair the foot covering with a friend's superglue. She is most grateful and, yes, they begin to talk. She likes what she is seeing, too. Several nights later, he is a seat filler again and Jhnelle is watching the tube at home. Spying Derrick, he sends him a note with a dinner invitation, for someone has told her that he is a hotshot entertainment lawyer named Alonzo Grant. He accepts and promises himself to "come clean" with the truth. But, how can he, when Jhnelle is also being pursued by a handsome albeit egotistical television star? One thing is certain, Derrick wants to win Jhnelle's heart. Will he succeed, even as the truth is bound to surface? This is a lovely and humorous movie with a smooth script and fine direction. The two stars, Martin and Rowland, are very beautiful and talented people and viewers will be charmed mightily by them. All of the lesser players give nice performances, too. The scenery around the city of Angels is nice while the costumes are very, very fine indeed. As for the script, it has plenty of zest and originality and will generate smiles and sighs throughout. Most of all, it focuses on the true worth of a person and not the smoke and mirrors of La-la land. Therefore, all romcom lovers take note. Get out of your seat and snatch this one off the shelves at the video store. Your evening is about to be filled with pure enjoyment.

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