The New England area has been bursting with movies filming this summer, and the greater Boston region in particular has been chock full. Currently filming in the Swampscott area, Grown Ups 2, starring just about everyone you can think of, has been running a bit over schedule, as the film began shooting late in May, and does not seem to be ready to shut down any time soon. Hundreds of extras have been called in to film a party scene at a lot in Lynn, with background players being dressed in 80s style hair and make-up. The seeming ensemble of cast members on the film, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Tim Meadows, Steve Austin, Maya Rudolph, and more have been busy on the bustling set. Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner has even been spotted mingling with neighbors and fans who have gathered near the set to gawk, sending many teenage girls into a tizzy.
The Way, Way Back, starring Massachusetts native Steve Carrell is currently filming in his adopted hometown of Marshfield. The film also costars AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Maya Rudolph, who is pulling double time between this project and Grown Ups 2.
Also filming all around Massachusetts is Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Tobey McGuire. The crew has been spotted in everywhere from Natick to Mansfield to Belchertown filming this drama about a depressed single mother who picks up a hitchhiker who might be an escaped convict. The film also costars Cheshire, Connecticut native, James Van Der Beek.
Recently wrapped in Connecticut, is the feature Hope Springs, costarring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell, once again. The picture filmed in Guilford, Norwalk, and Stonington, Connecticut earlier this year and will be out in theaters August 10th.
It’s hot in the city. And casting cools us down on sets with Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, and especially Steve Carell. We are always up for more action this summer. So let’s catch up on the day with an early morning crash.
Just like a scene out of Speed, an MBTA bus blindsided one of Bullock’s production trucks in Dudley Square. 11 injuries were reported but none life threatening. A crew member was inside the parked trailer when the bus stuck. He was taken to hospital as well.
The Bullock crew has been filming in the Square all week. As we know the show must go on! This flick is about a local Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy, who teams up with an FBI agent rolled by Bullock to bust a Russian mobster. Billy Dowd Casting has been handcuffing extras.
Casting notices galore this month with Sande Alessi Casting. Who are looking for all kinds of extras for the Adam Sandler flick Grown Ups 2! Last notice was looking for Andy Samberg photo double shooting this Tuesday, July 10th in Tyngsborough, MA. Hook up with Sande Alessi on FB to get these newsfeed opportunities.
Time to go Way, Way Back to Water Wizz in Wareham where the scene has been splashing for the last couple of weeks. This is the second time Hollywood hot shots have been spotted diving into the water park. Water Wizz is open and sliding for the public too. Might be a good time to jump in, with Hollywood Carell, Maya Rudolf and Toni Collette. Cast will be sailing to Marshvegas soon enough.
Lights, Camera, Action. Go Hollywood East! Mist us with more East Coast flicks.
As the summer movie season begins to heat up, movie previews, trailers, and teasers are just starting to make the rounds both online and on TV. At least 2 made in Massachusetts movies will be hitting the silver screen this summer, and both were filmed around the Boston area just this time last summer.
First up this June, the Adam Sandler comedy, That’s My Boy, costarring Leighton Meester and “Saturday Night Live” star, Andy Samberg. Originally titled I Hate You Dad, the film has been retitled since it filmed primarily in the Brockton and Peabody area last June (which is not a bad idea considering the movie is being released right around father’s day). The movie follows the story of a teen named Donny (played by Sandler) who fathers a child after sleeping with his teacher, and raises the boy by himself until his 18th birthday. After being out of each other’s lives for years, Donny reunites with his son (played by Samberg), just in time to ruin his wedding. The movie is rated R and will be in theaters on June 15th.
Coming out in mid July, Ted is another R rated comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, and was filmed in the Boston area throughout most of last summer. Wahlberg plays John, a man whose childhood teddy bear comes to life and becomes his best friend, advising him on all matters in life, much to the chagrin of John’s girlfriend Lori (played by Kunis). The film utilized many areas throughout the city of Boston, including Mass. Avenue, the Public Garden, Minibar on Huntington Avenue, and employed a ton of extras for a concert scene featuring Norah Jones at the Hatch Shell. The movie will hit the big screen on July 13th.
Peabody, MA was abuzz this week when Adam Sandler and the cast and crew of his new film, I Hate You Dad took over the town. A casting call was held in Boston last month for the new comedy and shooting began in Massachusetts on Monday.
The film crew took over a Peabody apartment complex, converting the building into a graffiti-covered drug house.
While some residents were pestered by the crew’s presence, others were excited to do some stargazing in the Bay State. Adam Sandler was seen on set, as well as one-hit-wonder Vanilla Ice, who plays a wedding planner in the film. Sandler was said to have stopped at nearby, Carroll Elementary School to speak to students about summer reading.
Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon and Ian Ziering also star in the comedy, due in theaters next summer.
The answer to the question is 9/30/11. That’s the day when the Boston-filmed flick What’s Your Number? comes to theaters. After initially being slated for release this past April, studios reconsidered their release date, and pushed it back to an early fall debut. The movie, which filmed in Boston from May through July of last year (2010), stars Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Andy Samberg, and Joel McHale.
The trailer, which was just released earlier this month, highlights many of the Boston locales that were used as backdrops for the romantic comedy based on the book of the same name by Karyn Bosnak. Even in their brief flashes, those familiar with Boston will recognize the North End, Boston Harbor, Post Office Square Park, Boylston Street, Beacon Hill, the Omni Parker Hotel, and the Boston Public Library.
In addition to taking advantage of the Massachusetts tax credits, What’s Your Number? also makes no qualms about the fact it shot in Boston, unlike prior films like The Women and Bride Wars, which each pretended Boston was New York city for those scenes that they shot in Beantown. What’s Your Number? fully embraced its backdrop, and the movie will display the city in its fully glory, including the hundreds of local people that were used as extras.
Andy Samberg, one of the film’s costars, has been making the rounds lately with the release of his musical comedy album as part of the Lonely Island trio, including co-starring in a now-viral music video with Connecticut born Michael Bolton on “Saturday Night Live”, will be returning to the Boston area soon to film I Hate You Dad with Adam Sandler and Leighton Meester. The film has already held casting calls for extras in anticipation of filming around Boston and the Cape next month.
Check out the trailer for What’s Your Number? here:
Summer hasn’t even officially begun, and things are already getting busy in Hollywood East. Yet another comedic film, this time starring New Hampshire-raised Adam Sandler, will be filming in the Bay State during the month of June, and will be in need of extras.
Sande Alessi Casting will be holding open auditions for I Hate You Dad non-union, paid, background work starting this Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd. The calls will be taking place at Carson Place at The Boston Teacher’s Union Hall at 180 Mount Vernon Street in Dorchester, near the Bayside Expo Center’s north entrance.
The film, which also costars Leighton Meester, James Caan, Andy Samberg from “SNL”, Ian Ziering, and Vanilla Ice, is about a disagreeable father who moves in with his son right before he’s about to get married. The movie will be filming in and around the Boston area throughout June, with a release date expected for summer 2012.
Casting calls will also be held May 28th-29th, from 10AM to 4PM at the Barnstable High School at 744 West Main Street in Hyannis Port, MA.
All participants are asked to bring a current 3×5 color snapshot (NOT a headshot) of themselves, which does not need to be professional quality. The agency is seeking thousands of different types of people, including children age 11 or over and adults of all ages and ethnicities.
Saturday’s call will run from 12PM to 6PM and Sunday from 2PM to 8PM. Any questions should be directed to Sande Alessi Casting. Check out their website here.
June is sure to be a star-studded month in Boston. New Hampshire native, Adam Sandler is due back in town this summer to shoot his latest comedy, I Hate You, Dad.
The Boston Herald reported location scouts were in town last month checking out possible Boston shoot locations at the W Hotel and a State Street law firm. Sandler’s 2010 comedy Grown Ups was shot throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire two years ago.
I Hate You, Dad is about the chaos that ensues after a father (Sandler) moves in with his son and clashes with his son’s fiancee. ”Saturday Night Live” funny man Andy Samberg is set to star as Sandler’s son and “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester has signed on as his fiancee. In a surprising twist, 90′s rap star Vanilla Ice (real name, Robert Van Winkle) has been cast as the couple’s wedding planner, according to the Boston Globe. As if I Hate You, Dad didn’t hold enough star power, Hollywood legend James Caan has also been cast in the flick.
This winter, Boston’s Wilbur Theatre is hosting a full lineup of comedy acts to keep your spirits chuckling throughout the holiday season. NBC’s “Last Comic Standing“ Live Tour is coming up soon on October 4; see this season’s winner Felipe Esparza along with other laugh-masters James Adomian, Mike Destefano, Roy Wood, Jr., Maronzio Vance, Johnathan Thymius, Laurie Kilmartin, Myq Kaplan, Tommy Johnagin, and Rachel Feinstein.
Don’t miss performances by Brad Garrett of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” who will be gracing the stage on November 10, and Rob Schneider, star of side-splitting comedies such as The Hot Chick and Little Nicky, appearing on December 4.
“Seriously Funny” Kevin Hart performs November 6; John Pinette, the comedian behind “I’m Starvin’” and “Show Me the Buffet,” will appear October 16, and D.L. Hughley, original host of “Comic View,” on November 27.
Past acts include Kevin Nealon, who will be starring in a new romantic comedy in 2011, Just Go With It, alongside New Hampshire native, Adam Sandler. Check out Nealon in the video below, performing “Now Hear Me Out.”
For a full listing of all the Wilbur has to offer, take a look here.
While it’s no secret Boston has become the unofficial capital of Hollywood East, with numerous films and TV shows shooting here each year, it’s been hard not to stumble across camera crews and make-shift sets, despite sometimes very well-guarded production details. What has been kept slightly more hush hush has been the hotspots in the Hub that the stars of these projects hit when they’re not on the clock.
Boston’s restaurant scene has caught the Hollywood wave and starting offering more upscale options. Not surprisingly, many of the celeb favorites are centered around the Back Bay/Newbury Street area. Long-time favorite Sonsie has played host to Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Roger Clinton, and Donnie Wahlberg.
For dessert, it seems that everyone in fact does scream for ice cream. The Newbury Street location of Ben & Jerry’s posts pictures on their walls of the famous faces that often stop by their store. Alec Baldwin, John Mayer, Jane Fonda, Ellen Pompeo, and players from the Celtics have all grabbed a cone recently.
In order to keep in shape (and perhaps work off the pounds from all that ice cream) the Sports Club/LA, adjacent to the Ritz Carlton hotel is arguably one of the most upscale gyms in town. That’s why it’s not surprising that The Rock, Justin Timberlake, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, and Emilio Estevez, Reese Witherspoon, and Britney Spears have all been spotted working out there at one time or another.
To blow off a little steam in a different sense, Felt Nightclub is a big favorite with the glitterati. Stars like Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Chris Rock have all made a presence there in the past year or so while they’ve been in town for projects. Other stars like Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Ben and Casey Affleck frequent the hip spot whenever their roots call them home again.
Speaking of Mark Wahlberg, he and Will Farrell will be at his restaurant, Alma Nove, in Hingham, MA celebrating the premiere of their new flic, The Other Guys, showing at the Patriot Cinemas in Hangham. The Alma Nove restaurant is owned by three Wahlberg brothers, including chef Paul Wahlberg, and family friend Ed St. Croix.
There’s a plethora of other places HEC has spotted celebs during their off hours. Singer Seal was seen in Boston’s Public Garden last spring while he was in town to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. Actress Natalie Portman was in Cambridge in February for a friend’s wedding. Brooke Shields was spotted in her off-time from shooting Furry Vengeance at South Boston eateries Flour2 and Sportello. Funnymen Denis Leary and Lenny Clark grabbed lunch at the Four Seasons last spring while Leary was in town for his son’s graduation from Emerson College. Grown Ups costars David Spade and Colin Quinn were seen last summer grabbing a weekend bite at Sel De La Terre on Boylston Street.
★ Watch clips of ‘Grown-Up’ Adam Sandler give a commencement address at his old high school in Manchester, New Hampshire.
★ Maine’s Anna Kendrick spotted in London after picking up an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakout Star.
★ Former “American Idol” contestant, Cape Cod’s Siobhan Magnus, recently joined Hanson on stage for a performance.
★ Pop singer Rihanna takes in a Red Sox game at Fenway.
★ Massachuestts’ Steve Carrell to leave “The Office” after contract ends next season.
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