It was a year ago when The Town took over Boston neighborhoods as filming took place in the North End, Charlestown, and Kenmore Square. You might remember hearing gun shots echoing from Hanover Street, nuns with guns running down Lansdowne Street, or even high speed chases throughout the city boarders. The all-star crew includes homeboy hunk Ben Affleck, the beautiful Rebecca Hall, the spicy Blake Lively, the ever so handsome Jon Hamm, and Boston’s own Chris Cooper.
The Town—based on Massachusetts native Chuck Hogan’s heist novel Prince of Thieves—is Affleck’s second directorial debut since Gone Baby Gone, which was wicked good. The screenplay, adapted by Peter Craig and Affleck, follows a group of ruthless blue-collar Charlestown robbers who see nothing wrong in stealing and seem to always find their getaway car.
As always Affleck loves bringing revenue to his native roots and now to one of his favorite places in Boston, Fenway Park. Three days before The Town debuts nationwide, the film will be hitting some homerun’s at Fenway Park on September 14th for a red carpet premiere, a trusted source tells HEC.
Check out HEC video below of Affleck and crew in action last year and become a fan @ www.facebook.com/TheTownMovie. Help make The Town the next blockbuster to come out of Beantown and stay tuned for our coverage of the premiere at Fenway!
A slew of Massachusetts-filmed movies began hitting theaters in February and continue to roll out this summer. Furry Vengeance hit theaters last Friday coming in at number five in the box office. The kid flick chronicles a standoff between titan real estate developer Brendan Frasier and some cute and not-so-cuddly woodland critters fighting to keep their habitats preserved. Furry Vengeance also stars Brooke Shields. The Lightkeepers, starring Richard Dreyfuss, opened in March. Set in early 20th century Cape Cod, Dreyfuss plays a reclusive lighthouse keeper who has sworn off women.
Summer blockbusters Grown Ups and Knight and Day are both due out June 25th, but that’s not the only thing they have in common. Both were filmed in Massachusetts, but that’s about where the similarities end. Grown Ups features a star-studded cast headed by Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, and Tim Meadows (whew!). The group reunites as adults after their high school basketball coach dies and inevitably hilarity ensues. Knight and Day pairs up Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on an action-adventure with a tinge of comedy. The two play a globetrotting fugitive couple on the run who realize nothing is what it appears to be, even each other.
The Social Network (Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake) and the The Town (Ben Affleck and Blake Lively) are due out this fall. Every college kid will identify with The Social Network with its history and evolution of ex-Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook (which has its roots in Cambridge). In The Town, Ben Affleck is a bank robber who’s feelings for a bank manager get in the way of his next heist.
Set to come out in 2010 with no official release dates are The Company Men and The Fighter. Ben Affleck is having a busy year, also starring in The Company Men along side Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones which premiered earlier this year. The Fighter (Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and Amy Adams) takes a look at boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward’s early career in the 1980s. Local actress Erica McDermott also makes an appearance.
It seems like no matter where you look this year, there’s a good chance you’ll see Massachusetts in many shots on the big screen!
Cambridge cutie Ben Affleck just wrapped up a week of shooting for his made-in-Massachusetts flick The Town. According to the Boston Herald Inside Track, principal shooting began in Charlestown on August 31. Affleck, Gossip Girl Blake Lively, and Jeremy Renner of “The Unusuals” were on location at the Bunker Hill Monument shooting a barbecue scene at a triple-decker home.
The Town—based on Massachusetts native Chuck Hogan’s heist novel Prince of Thieves—is Affleck’s second directorial effort after Gone Baby Gone. The screenplay, adapted by Peter Craig and Affleck, follows a group of blue-collar Charlestown locals as they rob a Kenmore Square bank. According to a September 1 post on Hollywood in the Hub, Kingston local Chris Cooper of The Company Men is in negotiations to play Affleck’s father in the film.
Catch The Town before it hits theaters at a filming location near you.
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