Ads are currently running on TV for the soon-to-be-released Rio, an animated feature from the makers of Ice Age, the Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios. Thanks to the Constitution State’s generous 30% tax credit, the animation studio, which is based in Greenwich and owned by 20th Century Fox, follows the story of a pet blue mccaw in Minnesota who meets the fellow feathered love of his life, and decides to make a break for it down to Rio de Janeiro.
A host of well-known faces have lent their voices to the picture, including last year’s Hasty Pudding Award recipient, Ann Hathaway, and star of the made-in-Mass. flick, The Social Network, Jesse Eisenburg.
According to local news channel 8 WTNH, “Blue Sky arrived in Greenwich in 2009 and since then has added over 100 people to its payroll. They calculate that their employees logged over a million hours of work in order to produce Rio.”
The studio recently held an advance screening of Rio for patients from the Children’s Hospital and kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs. The film was shown in the theater at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.
Rio will be released in theaters on April 15, and also features the voice talents of Leslie Mann, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, and Will i Am.
Valentine’s Day is here and regardless of whether you like the holiday, it still gives you the perfect excuse to enjoy a romantic comedy or two.
There are a couple of romantic comedies at the box office this weekend (like the star-studded Valentine’s Day or last week’s number one film at the box office, Dear John. If you’re looking for a lovely night at home, however, why not try one of these classic romance flics that were filmed right here in Hollywood East?
Perfect for sports fans who want to relive the Red Sox’s historic 2004 World Series win while also getting a good dose of romance. Made by Rhode Island natives Kevin and Bobby Farrelly, this movie deals with the sacrifices a Boston Red Sox super fan (Jimmy Fallon) has to make in order to be with his new girlfriend (Drew Barrymore).
Best for those who want to forget about their boyfriend (or lack thereof) on Valentine’s Day, last year’s Bride Wars (filmed in Massachusetts) features Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway fighting over everything from their wedding date to their dress.
High-minded couples or fans of quirk will dig this 2009 movie filmed in Connecticut starring Maya Rudolph and Massachusetts native John Krasinski. The film chronicles a thirtysomething couple searching for a new home where they can raise their new child.
Another Farrelly brothers movie on the list, this 1998 film shot in Rhode Island is best for those who enjoy dark and gross out humor. This film follows Ted (played by Ben Stiller), a onetime geek in high school, who tries to reunite with his old prom date, Mary (Cameron Diaz). The only problem is that everyone else she meets wants to date her too.
Some honorable mentions include last year’s The Proposal (filmed in Massachusetts), 27 Dresses (made in Rhode Island) and Mr. Deeds (Connecticut). For more on movies filmed in New England, check out our “Movies in New England” section and if you’d like to buy any of these DVDs for that special someone, be sure to do it at our Amazon store, where a percentage of the proceeds goes toward the May Institute.
What’s you favorite Hollywood East romance flic?
Just last week, the 60th Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year (WOY), actress Anne Hathaway, cruised down the streets of Cambridge with Harvard’s most gorgeous drag queens in the annual WOY Parade. The procession inched down Massachusetts Avenue and turned onto Holyoke Street, stopping at the New College Theatre where Hathaway was roasted by the Pudding cast. Watch our video coverage of the diva’s celebratory drive here:
Justin Timberlake–the 2010 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year–will visit Cambridge tomorrow to receive his pudding pot and celebrate with the Pudding cast. Stay tuned for our video coverage of Justin!
The regular run of the Hasty Pudding Show–Commie Dearest–will start this Saturday, February 6 at 4pm. Be sure to catch the performance before the show hits the road on March 6.
April 28–If you missed “Bride Wars” at the theaters, pick up a copy of the newly released on DVD Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson flick and see how good you are at spotting the hip Boston hotspots used as make-shift New York City filming locations. Venues include the South End’s Pho Republique, The Estate nightclub in The Alley, the Langham Hotel, and the Public Garden.
Filming originally took place in April and May of 2008, and even featured some all-star extras; Several Boston Red Sox significant others served as party guests in a bridal-shower scene including Jacoby Ellsbury’s girlfriend, Kelsey Hawkins; Jonathan Papelbon’s wife, Ashley; Dustin Pedroia’s wife, Kelli; and Tim Wakefield’s wife, Stacey. While in town, Kate Hudson was spotted frequenting eating at Beacon Hill’s notable neighborhood eatery, and celebrity favorite, The Paramount, as well as grabbing a slice with her son at Pizzeria Regina in the North End. Watch the Bride Wars trailer for a sneak peek.
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