Boston is currently the hub of The Wheel–“Wheel of Fortune” that is. According to WBZ, the show recently wrapped up a 15-episode run at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. The three weeks of shows–scheduled to air in November–are reportedly all Beantown-centric: Historic Boston, College Week, and Boston’s Got Game. The Boston Globe explained that bringing the show here was an attempt to set Boston’s economic wheels in motion: “Officials say the ‘Wheel’ will be a televised postcard to the rest of the country when it airs on 211 affiliates.”
Sajak will return to our beloved Beantown with his son, Patrick, on New Years Day to catch the Bruins take on (read: take down) the Washington Flyers in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park. An avid hockey fan, the host holds season tickets to the Washington Capitals and the L.A. Kings, but something tells us that the Bruins logo is a better fit for the captain behind The Wheel.
The Town isn’t the only film in town. On September 6, the Boston Herald Inside Track reported that Oxymorons is now filming in Charlestown. Based on the life of reformed Oxycotin drug lord John Hickey, the film will chronicle everything from the legend’s jail time to his conflicts with rival dealers.
“It’s about the dirty reality of drugs,” said executive producer and actor Damien DiPaola to the Herald. He explained that unlike many silver-screen trips, Oxymorons doesn’t glorify the drug trade.
The low-budget indie flick is reportedly enjoying a growing fund and fan base as locals that support the film’s message offer some financial footing or favors. Charlestown Against Drugs, St. Catherine’s Church, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department are just a few of the local establishments throwing their support behind Oxymorons.
Moral of the story: Stop making drug deals and start making movie deals.
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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