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Big movies filming in the mountains, Harrelson & Lopez spotted

Woody Harrelson visiting downtown Asheville. (Photo credit: Patrick Joseph Vermette)

UPDATED May 2:

Jennifer Lopez is still in WNC, and here she is at the Hendersonville Kilwin's:

And from the look of her Twitter feed, Debra Messing's in town, too:


ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- With two movies filming in WNC, actors are popping up in Asheville like spring flowers.

Woody Harrelson, already familiar with WNC after acting in "The Hunger Games" (when he was a Buchi Kombucha-drinking visitor to LAAFF), was spotted Thursday indulging his interest in chess in Pritchard Park. Viewers tell us the actor wandered around downtown for a few hours--and that he's a respectable chess player who won every game against the park's regulars.

Harrelson is in town filming "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" (cast & crew listing here) a big-budget movie shooting in Sylva. The billboards of the movie's title are set up in Black Mountain.

Jennifer Lopez was also spotted recently at the Omni Grove Park Inn with boyfriend Casper Smart. The singer and actor appeared in Smart's Instagram, chilling with him in rockers at the hotel.

Smart also made a visit to DuPont State Forest:

An actor and choreographer, Smart was in town as part of the cast of the "Dirty Dancing" remake filming in the mountains. Smart (center) and crew are seen here, working out at a gym in Hendersonville with castmate Nicole Scherzinger (far left in the red shirt), former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, who appears with him:

Scherzinger's Twitter feed is full of WNC scenery:

Also spotted recently was Katey Sagal, the actor who played Peg Bundy in "Married With Children." Like Smart, Sagal is also appearing in the "Dirty Dancing" remake.

And have the spottings barely begun? Be on the lookout for other performers: the cast of "Dirty Dancing" also includes Debra Messing and Billy Dee Williams, while the cast of "Three Billboards" includes Sam Rockwell, Oscar winner Frances McDormand, and Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage.

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