Summer Flicks Spotlight Hollywood East

By Victoria Kichuk
Posted on 27 Jun 2013 at 11:27pm

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The summer movie season is upon us, and just as the temps continue to climb, so do people’s interest in seeking out the air-conditioned comfort of the dark recesses of their local movie theater. Just as last summer in Hollywood East was jam-packed with movie productions covering many local cities and neighborhoods, so too is the box office packed this summer with films that were shot at least in part, if not totality, in New England.

The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock is currently being trumpeted as the next big summer comedy. The movie, which was filmed in Boston early last summer, features McCarthy as a rough and tumble Boston cop who gets paired with a straight-laced FBI agent in Bullock. The duo hopes to cash in on the female-dominated comedies that have been striking gold in the box office of late.

Grown Ups 2 reunites the old familiar crew from the first film, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Salma Hayek, among others, and filmed entirely along the Massachusetts coastline last summer. The sequel to the original Grown Ups, which was also filmed here, also brought Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner to the area, much to the excitement of local teen girls.

RIPD starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, and Marissa Miller was filmed mostly in downtown Boston in late summer and early fall the year before last. The film prominently features the Financial District of Boston, an area where many vehicle stunts were filmed. The film’s IMDB page even shares a subtle nod to some other Boston-based films, stating:

“One of the Boston Police cruisers at the raid where Nick is killed comes from the same fictional district A-8 featured in That’s My Boy and The Town.”

The Boston area has already seen some new productions this year with a flick by David O. Russell taking place this spring and a new production setting up featuring Denzel Washington.

Which Hollywood East-featuring flick will you check out this summer?

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