The 28th Boston Film Festival is kicking off this week and will debut seven film world premieres at the newly renovated and modernized Theatre 1 inside the Stuart Street Playhouse at the Revere Hotel Boston Common September 20-24.
Opening night of the festival features the film Head Games, an educational and explosive film delving into the controversy surrounding head injuries among athletes and the tragic ends that often result. Director Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame chronicles Harvard University football player and former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski’s quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries. Following the premiere, a panel discussion will include appearances by: James, Nowinski, Dr. Ann McKee, NFL star of the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams Isaiah Kacyvenski, New York Times writer Schwarz, Penn State athletic trainer Eric Laudano, and Dr. Robert Stern. There will also be a question and answer session with the director and actors following each of the film screenings.
The closing night program will feature world premieres by two local filmmakers. Myles Jewel is the director of Stranglehold: In the Shadow of the Boston Strangler, which features Chris Evans as the narrator. The documentary takes place in the 60s when Jewell’s grandfather, Phil DiNatale, worked as an investigator on the case of the Boston Strangler. Despite DiNatale’s tireless investigative efforts, the case was never officially solved after getting caught in a political firestorm. Fifty years later, Jewell’s film reveals never-before-seen details about the investigation he discovers when he explores his grandfather’s archives. Court Crandall, another Massachusetts filmmaker, debuts his documentary film as the final film of closing night. Free Throw tackles the challenging issue of the cost of a college education, by following eight students at Compton High School near Los Angeles as they participate in a shooting contest for a $40,000 scholarship.
Along with the excitement of the premieres of these evocative films, many important players in the movie industry will be in attendance. A number of familiar faces will be attending the festival including: Boston-born actor Chris Evans, Cary Elwes, James McCaffrey, Chris Riggi, John Faughnan, and Agnes Bruckner.
Tickets for the various screenings went on sale via TicketLeap on the Boston Film Festival website on Sept. 6, and will also be sold at the theater door, when available. Film buffs interested in all access VIP passes should contact the Boston Film Festival at 617-523-8388 for more information on how to purchase one.
Massachusetts stars will be coming to the big screen in a big way for the next few weeks. Hitting theaters nationwide today is the romantic comedy, The Fiver-Year Engagement, starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. The film follows the story of a couple who must delay their wedding repeatedly after various life and family struggles get in their way. The film was also co-written by Segel, who created Blunt’s role specifically for her. Blunt and Segel are longtime friends.
The movie also costars Cambridge’s own Mindy Kaling, most known for her work on “The Office,” where she costars with John Krasinski, who also happens to be married to Emily Blunt, Krasinski himself is a Newton native.
Opening on May 4th, the much anticipated super hero adventure, The Avengers, will hit the big screen, costarring Robert Downey Jr., as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo, as the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, Scarlett Johansson, as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye, and Boston’s own Chris Evans as Captain America. The handsome hunk was last seen sharing screen time with Anna Faris in the romantic comedy, What’s Your Number?, which was filmed entirely in Boston and surrounding areas in the summer of 2010. We’ll see him next in a couple of rather chilly films; The Iceman, and Snowpiercer, both thrillers set to be released sometime in 2013.
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
Johnny Depp to star in ‘The Night Stalker’ Remake & Paul Revere project.
★ Reports say former Celtic star Shaquille O’Neal will be working for Turner Broadcasting.
We know America has been running on DD, and now New England’s own Chris Evans, aka Captain America does too.
With only 2 weeks away from a summer blockbuster premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger, Dunkin Donut junkies have already been injected with some “super serum” by sipping on a Captain America Coolatta that comes in a special limited-edition cup and indulging on patriotic themed star-shaped donuts. This is the Bay State based brand’s first-ever movie partnership.
The big and buff Evans stars as the classic Marvel Comics hero Steve Rogers, an eager soldier who enlists in the US Army during World War II and volunteers to participate in an experimental serum that turns him into the super solider. With his super American flag motif and indestructible shield, Captain America might just be the superhero of the summer.
Surprisingly, Chris used his own shield and almost didn’t take the part. The Sudbury, MA actor was first spotted in Fantastic Four alongside the lovely Jessica Alba.
“I said no a bunch, and every time I said no, I woke up the next morning so happy and content,” he recently told GQ. “I kept saying no; they kept coming back. And eventually I was like, ‘You know what? This is your biggest fear — this is exactly what you have to do.’”
Only two more weekends before the soon to be rated red, white and blue July 22nd premiere and the flick has been experiencing some pretty positive buzz. Captain America isn’t the only superhero trying to make it at the box office, Thor, X-Men: First Class and Green Lantern are battling it out to boot.
★ Conan O’Brien gives the commencement address at Dartmouth (above).
★ Now-retired basketballer Shaquille O’Neal sets his sights on a reality TV show with his girlfriend, possibly to be located in New England. Maybe it will feature more of some of our favorite Shaq moments in Beantown.
★ Two famous Jessicas tour Yale University in Connecticut.
★ Boston-born Lenny Clarke honored by local Boy Scout troop.
★ Actress Jill Clayburgh died at age 66 at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
★ The show “The Whole Truth” staring Mass. native Maura Tierney has been axed by ABC.
★ Brookline’s Conan O’Brien prepares for his return to TV, and opens up about the shake-up with fellow Mass. native, Jay Leno.
★ Massachusetts and Connecticut could be possible contenders for landing a new TV show on HBO.
★ Ben Affleck aging over the years; a timeline.
★ New England Patriots star Tom Brady gets a raise, but is it enough to compete with his supermodel wife?
Comic book junkies and action movie fans across the internet were all a flutter this past week with the release of new photos from the set of the new Captain America: The First Avenger movie, starring Chris Evans. The pics showed the young star with a new blonde hair style, and visibly bulked up compared to his appearance in previous movies, sporting a tight white T-shirt and khaki pants.
Though he is no stranger to action films, as his previous work includes The Fantastic Four, he will also be starring in the upcoming The Avengers. Captain America will be the first time he has been in the solitary starring role.
Born in Boston, the 29 year old star went back to his roots recently, co-starring in the made in Massachusetts flick, What’s Your Number, with Anna Faris. The romantic comedy, which is set to be released sometime next year, follows the story of a woman who goes back through all of her previous boyfriends in hopes of finding her soul mate. Directed by Mark Mylod, the film shot in locations all around the Hub from mid May to mid July of this year, including Boylston Street, Boston Harbor, Arlington Church, and Post Office Square Park.
Evans’ current film is shooting in the UK, with the movie expected to be released sometime late next year.
Months ago we flirted with the idea of being casted in the feature film What’s Your Number? with the hilarious Anna Faris and New England’s own Chris Evans. The feature that has certainly been one of this summer’s flings with casting notices from C.P Casting. The talented cast and crew have been dancing around Beantown filming in the desirable North End, the swanky street of Newbury, the Park Garden, even up on the sandy beaches of Gloucester and it doesn’t look like their wrapping up shooting any time soon.
And now, ladies, it’s your chance to be part of the hip entourage and land an awesome summer job by being a body double for the beautiful Miss Faris in What’s Your Number? The only catch to this gig is that you must be a pretty good basketball player and under 5’5 but no shorter then 5’3. Hair color doesn’t matter but you have to be approximately 110lbs, a 34C, white, athletic, slim, and between the age of 22-36. Your face will not be on screen but you will be dribbling with both hands, between your legs, behind your back and tricks are encouraged. You can’t be a current player in college because it will make you ineligible for playing. If this sounds like the perfect fling for you, email a photo and details of your B-Ball skills to Matt over at C.P Casting, [email protected] The scene is slated to shoot on July 13th in Boston. Oh, and this is a well paid job to boot.
C.P Casting is also seeking backround extras who have not worked on the flick yet. You must be available Friday, July 9th through Sunday July 11th. The work will take place in Beantown and calls for two all-nighters, so bring coffee. Email a photo including your resume and stats over to C.P Casting at [email protected] To receive these casting notices from C.P go to the site and sign up. Don’t forget to check out our Career Scene page where we have all the links to help you find your next job.
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