And so, another year has passed in Hollywood East, and with it, a ton of projects, developments, and other news items that captured our interest throughout 2011. Let’s take a look back at what made headlines in Hollywood East over the past year.
A bevy of big budget productions pranced their way through the Bay State, bringing with it a steady stream of big name stars. I Don’t Know How She Does It brought Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, and “Cheers” alum, Kelsey Grammar. Ted brought Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Seth MacFarlane. Here Comes the Boom brought Kevin James, Salma Hayek, and Henry Winkler. I Hate You Dad brought Adam Sandler, Adam Samberg, and Leighton Meester. And finally, R.I.P.D. brought Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, and Kurt Russell.
We were excited to see all the films that debuted this year that filmed in Boston in whole or in part in the past year or two. Films like The Zookeeper, Moneyball, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and What’s Your Number showed movie-goers across the country why the Bay State makes such a beautiful backdrop for major motion pictures.
There were also updates on the state of the MA film tax credits, with some changes taking place. The Office of Travel and Tourism took over the responsibilities previously looked after by the Massachusetts Film Office, with Lisa Strout taking over for Nick Paleologos.
In more disappointing news, it seems the Plymouth Rock Studios project has been put on permanent hold.
Culled from our own backyard, we spoke to local stars of film, TV, and music. Brighton-based band Gentlemen Hall made us lend an ear and a cheer as we watched these talented youngsters make their live national television debut on the Billboard Music Awards.
We were lucky enough to get invited to a sneak peak of the Footloose remake, and got to talk to home-grown star, Kenny Wormald on how he brought a little bit of Boston to the new version of this 80s cult classic.
Reality TV continues to make headlines year after year. In 2011, we watched with excitement the adventures the infamous “Deathwish Movers” went through each week, and cheered on local stars on “Top Chef: Desserts”, “Chopped”, and the “Expedition Impossible” who did New England proud. The genre even inspired the hilarious web-series, “Real Housewives of South Boston”, which we sincerely hope to see more of in 2012!
The culinary world even captured our attention, with it’s Hollywood East Connections. Our favorite homeboy, Mark Wahlberg, surprised us all by venturing into the culinary world, opening the aptly named Wahlburgers in Hingham. “Hell’s Kitchen” star, Jason Santos, opened Blue Inc., and “Top Chef; All Stars” contestant, Tiffany Faison, opened the ever so cutely named BBQ spot, Sweet Cheeks.
These are just a few of the fabulous and fascinating stories that kept us connected in Hollywood East this year. Here’s hoping 2012 brings with it more excitement in TV, movies, and music across the New England states!
Sarah Jessica Parker’s upcoming film, I Don’t Know How She Does It, shot scenes in Boston this March and the trailer has just been released. SJP’s co-star and “Mad Men” vixen, Christina Hendricks was also seen on the Government Center set.
Parker stars in the film as a the matriarch and breadwinner of her New York City family, juggling her finance career and home life. The film also stars Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan and New England’s own, Seth Meyers.
The film hits theaters on September, 16. Look closely for scenes of Boston in the newly released trailer.
When a movie shoots in Boston, particularly after a long-hard winter filled with dreary weather, normally it gets the whole town talking. Very recently, however, HEC has caught wind of a movie filming in Boston that is filming at least partially in Beantown, and starring some very notable names, but is mostly flying low under the radar.
Last week, CP Casting sent out a call for a stand-in for none other than Sarah Jessica Parker for a film entitled I Don’t Know How She Does It. The notice was sent out the day of filming and included a call for an 18+ SAG male with skateboarding equipment and skills. Then, later in the week, another call was put out for filming this week, including another stand-in for SJP, and her costar, Christina Hendricks, as well as males, 18-24 who skateboard, food truck owners/vendors, and historical re-enactors for work all day on March 9, 10, and 11. All stand-ins must be paid-up SAG members, while the background talent could be non-union. All must be available to work all three days. Interested applicants are being asked to attach a recent photo or headshot in .jpg format to an email with your full name, phone number, SAG number (where applicable), detailed availability for the dates listed, and year, make, model, and color of your car if you own one. This email should be sent to [email protected].
While its not clear how much filming is taking place here, or whether or not any of the stars of the movie, which includes Sarah Jesssica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Kelsey Grammer, and Pierce Brosnan are actually in town, Boston is not even officially listed as a filming location on the project’s IMDB page, nor have any other reports come in about it being filmed anywhere but NYC. The scenes that are being shot this week will be done at an outside location in town, but its not clear where that will be, so keep your eyes peeled Boston!
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