On Monday evening, movie crews and production trucks for Mark Wahlberg’s new movie, Ted, were located in downtown Boston on Columbus Avenue, one block down from the Park Plaza Hotel. Parking restriction signs stated that crews would only be taking the space for 24 hours.
Amongst the equipment were lights, vans, trucks, and trailers, some with hand-written labels such as “writers” and others with photo-copied signs featuring the movie’s name/logo, as well as some sort of name or descriptor, such as “director” or “guy” or “Tanya.” While the now familiar movie set marker signs, denoted by their bright yellow color with black type and transposable type were also spotted in the area, the name on these signs read “Flash”, a code name similar to the likes of “Wichita”, which was used for the Tom Cruise flick, Knight and Day, and “ZK” for The Zookeeper, with Kevin James.
On Tuesday, Boston Casting also sent out a call for extras for overnight shoots on Wednesday and Thursday for “an upscale Hollywood agency party scene.” The shoot is taking place in Swampscott, and they were primarily looking for young females.
The film, which stars Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Giovanni Ribisi, began filming in March in Norwood. Voice-over star and Connecticut native Seth MacFarlane also costars. The movie is expected to be released sometime next year.
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★ Knight and Day (formerly Wichita) film crew sets up on Dayton St. in Danvers, MA (above).
★ They always come home again; Matt Damon and family are spotted around Boston.
★ Playtime in the park; Jennifer Garner brings daughters Violet and Seraphina out in Cambridge.
★ The Boston Bike Film Fest rode through the weekend.
★ Alex McCord of “The Real Housewives of New York City” stops by Burlington, MA.
Tom Cruise‘s Untitled Wichita Project has recently been renamed Knight and Day. The action comedy screenplay, co-written by James Mangold and Scott Frank (Marley & Me, Minority Report), follows a fugitive couple–Cruise and Cameron Diaz–on a glamorous, yet deadly adventure around the globe. Cruise and Diaz will share the screen with Wilton, CT native Paul Dano in the role of an eccentric genius behind a revolutionary technology.
Directed by Mangold (Walk the Line; Girl, Interrupted), the film production was spotted on the streets of Charlestown and South Boston just last weekend. Previous filming locations include the Worcester airport, Bridgewater and Somerville. While there has been talk of production in Woburn, sources reveal that the Commerce Way outpost is merely a storage station rather than a film set.
According to an October 13 press release, Knight and Day will also film in less local locales, including Austria, Spain, and the tropics. The Twentieth Century Fox/ New Regency co-production is scheduled to hit theaters on July 2, 2010.
★ Tom Cruise goes back to school, makes a surprise visit to Harvard.
★ A Tribute to Elton John by Yellow Brick Road at the Regent Theater features “American Idol Finalist” and Wrentham, MA native Ayla Brown.
★ Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the Jay Leno Show, live via a satellite from the set of Wichita at the Worcester Airport.
★ Boston-born Maura Tierney drops out of “Parenthood” TV show for NBC to concentrate on treating her breast cancer.
★ Gisele manages to walk around Boston, while being pregnant, at the same time.
★ Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet visit daddy director Ben Affleck at work near Fenway.
★ Massachusetts-bred Jenny Slate drops the F-bomb in her SNL debut
On September 26, EnterpriseNews.com reported that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz‘s untitled film project temporarily known as Wichita had just finished filming a scene in Bridgewater, MA. The production crew shot the simulation of a Boeing 727 plane crash in a Cumberland Farms cornfield early Friday morning. Despite a neighborhood notification that the “firebomb” blast would occur between midnight and 4am, the big bang didn’t take place until 5:28am. More than 100 residents parked their cars in fields off of Summer Street to witness the explosion.
But Wichita‘s affair with Massachusetts isn’t exclusively on the South Shore; according to a September 17 article on The Boston Globe Online, the flick just finished up a week of filming on Windsor Street in Somerville–the industrial area adjoining East Cambridge.
Wichita‘s stars have been enjoying the first days of fall in our beloved Bean. On September 25, the Boston Herald Inside Track reported that Diaz was spotted buying some cigs at Harrison Avenue’s Bostonian Market. Before you assault that long, cool woman with anti-smoking statistics, be sure to ask for her autograph.
Diaz and Cruise were also spotted filming on Congress Street in Boston on Monday. Check out the video below to catch HEC’s roving reporter Mary Pierce on location.
Wichita is scheduled to hit theaters next July. To catch up on Hollywood East Connection coverage of the work-in-progress, click here.
★ Filming on a jet plane; Worcester Airport selected for use in the next Tom Cruise movie.
★ Even though he was on “Hell’s Kitchen”, he somehow got chopped; Andy Husbands talks about his stint on the show.
★ The local NBC affiliate highlights Connecticut’s homegrown celebrities.
★ This Charlie’s Angel is earning her wings: Cameron Diaz helps the Celtics serve the Boston community on 9/11.
According to an August 30 article on Actress Archives, “Lost” actress Maggie Grace has entered into negotiations to star in James Mangold’s made-in-Massachusetts flick Wichita, alongside the likes of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The Hollywood Reporter stated that Grace is slotted to play Diaz’s soon-to-be-married sister. Like the bride-to-be, Wichita will undergo a name change soon; keep an eye out for the project’s new title.
But you don’t need a famous last name to score a role in Wichita; Boston Casting’s e-mail on August 28 stated the following: “We are looking for Mothers to work with their babies as extras on the film Wichita. Job starts shooting Sept. 15th and shoots through to Thanksgiving. We are SPECIFICALLY looking for young moms with children 0-2. If interested, please email photo of mom and baby to [email protected], please be sure to include your contact information.”
Stage moms rejoice.
When it comes to movie stars, there are not many bigger than Tom Cruise. How big exactly? It seems Boston will be able to make its own assessment this fall when the Top Gun guy makes his way to the Hub for his next film. Wichita, which will costar Cameron Diaz, is described as an action comedy, and is set to start filming this September.
That means the big name stars would be hanging around town for up to three months for shooting the project, which would be the biggest budget movie ever to come to Boston. James Mangold, of Girl, Interrupted and Walk the Line, is set to direct.
As an action film, producers of the picture are currently making arrangements to procure the proper permits required for filming stunts and other action sequences, as many of them would require public roads and other areas being closed off to traffic. As per standard Hollywood pre-production practices, a location scout has been scouring the area in order to determine the best locations around town for shooting the film.
While its not certain exactly what the film will be about, Variety reported that the story centers on a single woman who meets a man on a blind date who then turns out to be a secret agent.
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