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.
On Friday, theaters across the country will finally know the answer to the question that’s been plaguing us all summer. What’s Your Number?, starring Anna Faris and Boston’s own Chris Evans is finally coming to theaters after filming all around Beantown from May through July of 2010.
Ads for the upcoming release have been playing seemingly nonstop since the trailer was released earlier this summer, with increasing frequency throughout the past month. The film follows Ally Darling (Faris), a recently fired marketing executive, who reads a magazine article that says that women who have had 20 or more lovers have trouble getting married. Realizing she has already had 19 lovers, she begins a wild search to track down all of her exes, hoping to find one that could be her missed opportunity to find her soul mate.
The film, which was originally scheduled for release earlier this year until it got pushed back to this fall, is being talked about by many within the industry as perhaps being a vehicle for solidifying Anna Faris is a bona fide leading lady. Her hunky costar, which became more of a household name after this summer’s Captain America, was actually just gearing up to film the iconic role when WYN was being shot. His superhero physique is shown throughout the film, including a nude scene on the docks near Boston harbor. The scene seemingly also offers a glimpse of Anna’s goods, however, C.P. Casting, who handled wrangling the myriad of local extras who filled the backgrounds of many scenes, was also responsible for finding a body double with Faris’s physique and exact measurements to fill-in for her on camera.
The film is sure to be a hit with both rom com fans and Bostonians a like, as the movie is serving as a sort of visual love letter to our fair city, featuring a wide array of Beantown backdrops. Outdoor spaces like the docks at Fan Pier, Piers Park in East Boston, Salem Street in the North End, Boylston Street, Copley Square, Beacon Hill, and Post Office Square Park in the Financial District can all be clearly seen throughout the trailer. Other things, known more to Boston locals, will also make appearances onscreen, like old-time Beacon Hill hang-out, the 21st Amendment, Arlington Church, Mini Bar on Huntington Street, and even ones of those cutesy bicycles with a mounted warming-box used by the delivery guys at popular pizzeria, The Upper Crust, will play a role in the film.
What’s Your Number? also costars Joel McHale and Andy Samberg, and hits theaters everywhere September 30, and is rated R.
Photo Credit: Official What’s Your Number? Facebook Page
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.
With temps on the rise and many more beach days to come, why not take a ferry ride off the Bay State and attend two great film fests, the 12th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) and the 15th Annual Nantucket Film Fest, happening this week.
The PIFF will get things started this Wednesday, June 16th with an opening party including live music and plenty of good eats. The four day fest will be featuring over 50 films from around the world. Each year the fest is dedicated to honoring the work of not only acclaimed but emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF’s mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony. The film screenings will be all around P’Town, including the Whalers Warf Cinema and the Art House Cinemas. Talented filmmaker Kevin Smith and the beautiful Tilda Swinton will both be in attendance and will be honored at this year’s fest. Smith is to receive the 2010 Filmmakers on The Edge Award and Swinton is to receive the 2010 Excellence in Acting. Check out the PIFF web site for tickets, times and venues.
The three day NFF will kick things off June 17th and like the PIFF will be featuring films from all over the world. The festival’s mission is to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. The festival will start things off with a screening of Toy Story 3. Oh and the stahs who are attending this year’s festival are wicked awesome! On Saturday, the quaint island will shake with laughter by the All-Star Comedy Round Table event including Ben Stiller, New Hampshire’s own Sarah Silverman, SNL funny man, Andy Samberg and the hilarious Zach Galifianakis! Yup, and tickets are still available at a cool $25! You might want to think about booking your ferry now. For more information on screenings and venues check out NFF web site.
Both fests have quite a line up of films, events, honorees and stahs! Why not spend the last week of spring cruising the Atlantic and celebrating the film community in Hollywood East. Check out both PIFF and NFF for all the latest.
With warm weather finally hitting the Bay State, it’s time for the movie-filming season to officially get underway. Starting May 14th, the star of The House Bunny, Anna Faris, will be in town to shoot her latest film. Co-starring Boston born Chris Evans from Fantastic Four, What’s Your Number follows the story of a down-on-her-luck in love young woman, played by Faris, who enlists the aid of her caddish neighbor, played by Evans, to sort through her past 20 relationships in hopes of discovering whether or not she missed identifying her soul-mate.
Shooting in the Boston are is set to commence May 14, and carry on through July 1. Casting calls have already been held in the area to accommodate the heavy need for background talent. On May 7, a non-union extras casting in Dorchester saw several hundred people turn out, hoping to get spots in scenes calling for everything from “upscale ladies who lunch”, to bridesmaids, to waitstaff, to “hip nightclub goers”, to “young business types”. Watch a glimpse of the audition here:
The film will also star Zachary Quinto of NBC’s “Heroes”, Andy Samberg, from “SNL”, and from “The Soup”, Joel McHale. The comedy will be directed by Mark Mylod, who has previously worked on HBO’s “Entourage”. The film is based on Karyn Bosnak’s book “20 Times a Lady.”
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