Welcome back SUMMER! We heart you and it’s sizzling in the city. Temps are on the rise, beach days seem endless, weekends booked and film crews continue to be shimmering our Bay State streets.
Why not take a cruise to the islands this weekend with a complementary Atlantic breeze to attend a wicked 16th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (NFF), only a ferry ride away.
The four day fest kicks off June 22nd, 30 miles out to sea. Star race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater will be revving up the island with fumes to start the shindig with Cars 2. Buck will continue the journey of championship films on Opening Night, an American story about an unsung hero, Buck, who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds. Who doesn’t love the underdog?
Hollywood East is hot to trot with stars such as Adam Sandler, Mark Walberg and Mila Kunis currently filming in town. Nantucket Island will be boiling with more stars including Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn and Seth Meyers at this year’s NFF All-Star Comedy Roundtable, an event that gather’s some of Stiller’s favorite writers, directors and performers to join him at the Fest. Each sold-out Roundtable has been one of the most memorable events of the shindig.
So join the blaze and book your trip now. The fest has quite a line-up of films, events, honorees and stahs! Why not spend the first week of summer on a boat ride and celebrate with the film community. Check out NFF dot com for your bookings.
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.
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?
It’s winter in New England, so why not cozy up to your favorite flick? Even better–why not watch a movie that was filmed here and savor some familiar scenes? Hollywood East Connection has the only list of feature films that were shot in New England for your convenience. Simply go to our Movies In New England page and click on a state to see a list of movies filmed in that state. Here’s a refresher as well as some of our favorites:
Warm up with beach scenes from the classic thriller Jaws. Or, for a bit of comic relief, watch the hilarious Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which was filmed at the Burlington mall. For Red Sox fanatics, check out Drew Barrymore in Fever Pitch. Vermont residents may recognize scenes of Burlington in Me, Myself & Irene or catch Tobey Maguire in The Cider House Rules. Our resident Mainer’s can always rely on a good Stephen King flick such as the Storm of the Century, Pet Cemetary, and The Stand. Robin Williams visited the Granite state in the family action classic Jumangi. And to see scenes of Connecticut, enjoy the classic remakes Yours, Mine and Ours or The Stepford Wives. Last but not least, Providence, Rhode Island was the location for several scenes in one of Ben Stiller’s first comedies There’s Something About Mary. Watch this recut trailer and see Ben at his best:
So grab a hot toddy and cuddle up to watch one of these movie classics. Remember–buy any of these at our Amazon Affiliate store and we’ll donate 2% to The May Institute. For a complete list of movies made throughout New England, refer to the Movies In New England page of our website. We told you some of our favorites and now we’d love to hear some of yours!
Enjoy and have a safe and happy holiday season!
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