The New England area has been bursting with movies filming this summer, and the greater Boston region in particular has been chock full. Currently filming in the Swampscott area, Grown Ups 2, starring just about everyone you can think of, has been running a bit over schedule, as the film began shooting late in May, and does not seem to be ready to shut down any time soon. Hundreds of extras have been called in to film a party scene at a lot in Lynn, with background players being dressed in 80s style hair and make-up. The seeming ensemble of cast members on the film, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Tim Meadows, Steve Austin, Maya Rudolph, and more have been busy on the bustling set. Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner has even been spotted mingling with neighbors and fans who have gathered near the set to gawk, sending many teenage girls into a tizzy.
The Way, Way Back, starring Massachusetts native Steve Carrell is currently filming in his adopted hometown of Marshfield. The film also costars AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Maya Rudolph, who is pulling double time between this project and Grown Ups 2.
Also filming all around Massachusetts is Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Tobey McGuire. The crew has been spotted in everywhere from Natick to Mansfield to Belchertown filming this drama about a depressed single mother who picks up a hitchhiker who might be an escaped convict. The film also costars Cheshire, Connecticut native, James Van Der Beek.
Recently wrapped in Connecticut, is the feature Hope Springs, costarring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell, once again. The picture filmed in Guilford, Norwalk, and Stonington, Connecticut earlier this year and will be out in theaters August 10th.
Margaret, starring Mass native, Matt Damon, Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo may finally be dusted off and taken off the shelf. Since it’s wrap in production, the feature film has been stuck in editing since 2005. Despite accolades from Martin Scorsese calling 2006 edited version “brilliant” and a “masterpiece”, Lonergan refused to send it to screen. A final cut clause in his contract allows him to keep the film in the editing process as long as he deems necessary, and he is clearly going for perfection; he can’t seem to fit all the nuances and subtext into the 150 minute time limit.
Margaret is the second film helmed by Lonergan, preceded by 2000′s You Can Count On Me, with Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick and again, Mark Ruffalo. Paquin plays a New York City student who thinks she may be responsible for the death of a woman in a tragic bus accident; Damon co-stars as Mr. Aaron. The movie is said to be due out in 2010, but no definite date has been set for the release.
But that’s not all our Boston Boy has up his sleeve for this year. A slew of Damon movies will be out in 2010, including a love story (The Adjustment Bureau), a supernatural thriller (Hereafter) and an adorable animated sequel (Happy Feet 2 in 3D). He’s even got time for two other movies in the works. True Grit, a murder mystery with Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges, recently began filming and Contagion is in pre-production and due out in 2011. The outbreak action-thrill co-stars Gwen Paltrow, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet. With a year like this, no wonder he got an American Cinematheque Award for his work contributing to the “art of the moving picture.” He received the award during an ABC special May 27th.
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