Grown Ups 2 is wrapping up this week, in the insanely awesome dome set, and The Way Way Back called it a wrap early last week. Thank you New England boys, Adam Sandler, and Steve Carell! You make our digs bright.
Sure, we crush on cool stars like Kevin James and Sandra Bullock. We are in love with movies made in Massachusetts, but when we get to have a fling on set. Score! Casting notices galore. The LA based Sande Alessi Casting has had us floating in Columbia Pictures extra work this month, even work tomorrow. Boston Casting and C.P keep us smitten all year long.
Have you been on set? Do you want to? Here’s your chance with a “Club Goer” notice from C.P looking for EXTRAS EXTRAS early next week for The Heat. It’s a two day commitment and they are seeking attractive, dynamic and fun EXTRAS! Check out C.P for all the deets. Also read about the latest posting: An On-Camera acting course at BU. It’s FREE!
In a biz, where we always need to watch what we eat. It was nice to digest the latest bon appetit article with The Way Way Back, Marshvegas boy Steve Carrell who had Dorchester Mark Wahlberg’s back! Questioned about what his last meal on Earth would be. Carell said, “A cheeseburger, fries, and a shake from Wahlburgers, which is owned by Mark Wahlberg and his brothers Donnie and Paul. That burger holds up against all others.” Now that’s two Boston boys sticking together!
As we hang out in the Way Way Back. Let’s continue to support each other too in the roles we all play in the Hollywood East film community of brilliance! Hollywood surrounds us big and small, but what matters most is that we all meet in-between with the passion to be here. Go New England Film and Television.
There’s no business like NACHO business. The soon-to-be reality star, Henry Nacho whose eating up his extremities on his new series, “Nacho Extreme”, that has been filming shots here in Beantown. Has been served. The professional television eater can now swill back a “Nacho Extreme” cocktail. That’s right. We know the reality of Nacho is one of kind but it’s now available on crushed cubes. Who doesn’t like it hot?
The temp was on the rise when HEC buzzed with Nacho over at McGreevy’s Pub on Bolyston Street. Today was the day the Pub named a drink after NACHO! McGreevy’s Pub went the extra X-treme. Bottles poured by Rebecca the bar keep were Jameson and Stoli, topped with hot, spicy, sticky and pepper. Can you feel it Nach? McGreevy’s will also be a featured guest on the X-treme series.
Nacho told us it tasted like, “a Bloody Mary”, but we scream a Bloody NACHO! He also told us, “It was rejuvenating”. The Pub was smoking with Nacho, Nachettes and a steamy bar of sauces. Nacho’s debut on, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, with Hollywood eight-pack, Mark Wahlberg confirmed Nacho is a furnace you don’t want to bust as he casually ate 2 wasabi balls and chugged 3 cups of Tobasco.
This Fall, “Nacho Extreme”, will bet us to watch his cap-eating-ablities on Fuel TV. While the stakes will pile up, Nacho will sizzle his fans with celebs, liquids and his unique appetite. Nacho digested this act at a young age and now will be starring in his own reality show soon! Go Nacho!
If you know NACHO, then you know every day is extreme with this guy. Reality sells and so does “Nacho Extreme”. Nacho got his 15 minutes on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” with the former Calvin Klein eight-pack, Mark Wahlberg who recently thanked Kimmel for dipping Nacho live.
Nacho confirmed the powers of his “lead” stomach on Kimmel that night by casually eating two wasabi balls and swigging back three cups of Tabasco! Now that’s some heartburn. Can you feel it Nacho? What a good vibration involving Nacho, Wahlberg, Fuel TV, and celebrity guests.
This new reality series, “Nacho Extreme” is eating up his extremities. The craft was digested as a kid so we don’t suggest you cooking this up at home. As much as Nacho wanted to spill the beans with HEC and all his Nachettes. He could only confirm that, “Nacho Extreme” is gobbling up Boston right now and will be traveling across the coast.
This isn’t Nacho’s first BBQ either. “The professional movie industry eater” has sizzled on hot sets like The Fighter and spoiler alert, TED which premieres this weekend. We can’t wait!
Next weekend, if you’re in the North Conway area, look for deets on Nach judging a RIB-OFF! We love reality and Nacho is so tasty! “God Bless”. We will layer you up with more Nachos soon. GO NACHO!
Summertime and the livin’s easy. TED’s on the big screen with Mark Wahlberg. And all the people in the dance will agree that
Lucky’s Lounge is well qualified to represent the rated R flick this Friday Night, June 22nd.
Don’t look for a sign. Holding is down the stairs. Let’s spin it out on this set Friday night from 6-9pm for free swag and complimentary screening passes for next week’s premiere of Ted!
Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Ted, Seth MacFarlane, were all spotted at the Lounge enjoying some cocktails last summer when filming buzzed through Boston. Ted lit up at the Pubic Garden, Mass Ave, the Minibar on Huntington Ave, and even featured Norah Jones at the Hatch Shell. The flick hired hundreds of Boston extras and even more extra concert goers. This sparks Connecticut native Seth MacFarlane’s first motion picture debut. Go Seth!
It goes something like this. Wahlberg and Mila got this relationship but must deal with Wahlberg’s beloved teddy bear that came to life as the result of a childhood wish. Ted refuses to leave Wahlberg’s side ever since. Can you blame him?
No question Ted has Summer-time heat oozing from it. Boston is jonesing for the premiere June 29th. So join the wild night with Ted at Lucky’s Lounge for some free swag and passes. Don’t forget to like Ted on FB. Plus create a photo using “My Wild Night with Ted” app on FB and send it to [email protected] for additional chances to win. Time to roll the dice. See you at Lucky’s!
Long before he had his Funky Bunch or pictures of him in his skivvies on billboards, and eons before his Oscar nominations, Mark Wahlberg was just a troubled kid growing up on the mean streets of Dorchester. What he learned during those formative years no doubt helped him develop as an actor and a successful businessman, who can now even add a happening burger joint to his list of accomplishments over the course of his 41 years. Pretty impressive for a guy who doesn’t even have a high school diploma. That’s right, Marky Mark recently admitted on an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” that he never actually completed ninth grade, and will be going back to school to receive his diploma via an online program.
Wahlberg told Letterman, “It’s an actual diploma. I’ve got to take up all the courses that I missed, and I’m a little nervous. … They’re going to give me whatever credits I already have, which is probably like one or two. But I’m going to make it happen.”
His latest movie, Ted, which was filmed in Boston last summer, will be in theaters on June 29th. The film also costars the voice talents of Seth MacFarlane, a Connecticut native, and also marks his directorial debut. It was also recently announced that Wahlberg is in negotiations to co-star with Bill Paxton in Universal’s “2 Guns” also starring Denzel Washington.
It looks like it’s working. HEC has noticed some extracurricular activity going down over at the Charlestown Union Hall. “Teamsters” PILOT anyone? Only Union roles available.
It was back in March when A&E Networks President and GM Bob DeBitetto announced that A&E is partnering with executive
producers Mark Wahlberg, whose late father was a Local 25 truck driver, Stephen Levinson, Kevin Harrrison and Bill Thompson on the unscripted pilot “Teamsters”, featuring the Local 25 Teamsters here in Boston.
“It’s one of the greatest unions in the world and the backbone of the middle class,” said Wahlberg.
And in the past week or so. Production equipment and unmarked white vans are welding the hall. This kind of action only months after A&E networks signed a deal? Lights, camera, Union Hall! Let’s nail it in. The Bay State is always ready to hammer more reality.
“A&E strives to remain ahead of the curve while delivering first class auspices to our audience,” said DeBitetto. “We’re so proud to collaborate with this group of producers and offer an authentic point of view from the unique characters this world provides.”
A&E is known for truthful script telling and how stories originate. “Teamsters” will certainly be a team effort among Union workers. Sure the teaser sold the concept to the cable network but this week the pilot episode will need to work overtime. The reality series will shed light on Local 25 while battling the rights of their 11,000 members.
We are still waiting to hear more deets from the President of Local 25, Sean O’Brien. This isn’t the first time O’Brien’s crew have had close ties with Mark. Local 25 worked on past hits like The Fighter. It’s now time for the Teamsters to fight for a reality series.
Tell us on HEC FB, If you think Local 25 is camera ready?
As the summer movie season begins to heat up, movie previews, trailers, and teasers are just starting to make the rounds both online and on TV. At least 2 made in Massachusetts movies will be hitting the silver screen this summer, and both were filmed around the Boston area just this time last summer.
First up this June, the Adam Sandler comedy, That’s My Boy, costarring Leighton Meester and “Saturday Night Live” star, Andy Samberg. Originally titled I Hate You Dad, the film has been retitled since it filmed primarily in the Brockton and Peabody area last June (which is not a bad idea considering the movie is being released right around father’s day). The movie follows the story of a teen named Donny (played by Sandler) who fathers a child after sleeping with his teacher, and raises the boy by himself until his 18th birthday. After being out of each other’s lives for years, Donny reunites with his son (played by Samberg), just in time to ruin his wedding. The movie is rated R and will be in theaters on June 15th.
Coming out in mid July, Ted is another R rated comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, and was filmed in the Boston area throughout most of last summer. Wahlberg plays John, a man whose childhood teddy bear comes to life and becomes his best friend, advising him on all matters in life, much to the chagrin of John’s girlfriend Lori (played by Kunis). The film utilized many areas throughout the city of Boston, including Mass. Avenue, the Public Garden, Minibar on Huntington Avenue, and employed a ton of extras for a concert scene featuring Norah Jones at the Hatch Shell. The movie will hit the big screen on July 13th.
Could Mark Wahlberg be Avon’s new ‘unofficial’ spokesperson? The actor is currently in negotiations to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Avon Man. Hugh Jackman was originally set to star in the project but a scheduling conflict with another of his projects, The Wolverine, led to him stepping away.
The plot of the film centers on a group of men who are laid off from a car dealership. One of the men Walhberg, very reluctantly becomes an Avon salesperson, a job typically held by women. Discovering he has a knack for the job, he ignores his friends’ ridicule, turns on the charisma and becomes a top seller. When the company sponsors a win-big regional contest, Walhberg’s character recruits his unemployed ‘macho’ buddies as Avon ‘ladies’ so they can win the grand prize.
Walhberg and partner Stephen Levinson will be coming on board as producers, along with Gary Foster from Krasnoff/Froster (Community, The Soloist) and John Palermo (Drive, X-Men series). Writer Michael Mullers (Austin Powers, Saturday Night Live) is said to be re-working the script, originally written by Kevin Bisch (Hitch).
Wahberg can be seen in the soon to be released comedy Ted, which was filmed here in Boston. He is also starring with Russell Crowe in the drama Broken City and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, with Dwayne Johnson. Other upcoming projects include 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg.
We are sure you’ve dabbled with this kind of hit. You know the kind that gets in-your-face, gritty and relentless. Irish Whisper is ready to inhale. That’s why we ripped it with native scriptwriter/actor Adriano Masciarelli.
Masciarelli passed it smoothly to Hollywood East Connection. “I started writing the script back in June 2011. I locked myself in my room, paced back and forth, developing these characters. I didn’t want a typical Hollywood happy ending.”
As he packed his set with quit a crew, Adriano was interrupted by text, that he no longer could use the working title, The Company I Keep. Masciarelli didn’t hesitate to bang out a new one. “My cousin and I came up with the title,” Adriano tells us. “We were sitting there yelling out Irish what?… and all of a sudden, Irish Whisper, bitch! Aight! Let’s roll!”
Lowell to Marshvegas, this film was busted in Massachusetts for nine days. Multiple headshots, drugs, and a brotherly friendship stab this Boston heights drama. The lead, Jimmy, acted by Nick Apostolides, has spent a good amount of time in jail. He has finished his sentence and wants redemption. Unfortunately, an operator away is his reckless best friend, Billy, held by Adriano, who has him on-the-line.
“Billy’s character is a pathological liar, a junky.” Adriano tells us. “He doesn’t want to commit himself into anything without his friend Jimmy. Any time Billy gets Jimmy involved, Jimmy is always the one who gets screwed. And for some reason Billy can convince Jimmy to do practically anything.”
Masciarelli didn’t sit back and visualize his character Billy. He slummed it in Dorchester and Southie. “I literally went into the ghetto and hung out with crack heads, “Adriano tells us. “I hung out with the people that did bad things. Irish Whisper stands out because there is a lot of violence and authenticity behind it.”
With blood bleeding the script and bricks of cocaine, Masciarelli and Producer Darren McDonald almost got clinked off set, “We needed 30 bricks that resembled cocaine for a scene,” Adriano tells us. “A couple days after the shoot, Darren and I got pulled over for a faulty light. Darren reminds me that the bricks are still in the trunk! The cop gave us a warning, but then came back and said something was hanging out of the trunk. Darren stepped out of the car. I was waiting for the gun to be in my face. Darren barely opened the trunk, pushes whatever it was inside and said good night officer! Sat down and wiped the sweat off his face!” Now that’s a scene from a movie.
We asked Masciarelli for his license and registration. This South Shore Italian was born in Quincy, MA, and grew up in downtown Plymouth. Adriano comes from a big family, supported parents, and even has some Hollywood blood. He recently learned that Peggy Marshall, Laverne of Laverne and Shirley, is his relative. The script writer has a few more Hollywood genes including a cousin on “Entourage”.
If the idea of six degrees of separation is true, Adriano, is only a hand shake away from shaking Mark Wahlberg’s hand in a deal. “I would love to bring this project to Mark,” Adriano tells us. “Not because I like the funky bunch. The reason is, I think Mark would like it and Mark’s the real Boston BAD ASS that can make it happen!”
Wahlberg isn’t in the picture yet, but his entourage is. Masciarelli is networking with not only Mark’s associates, a couple NFL Agents that work with Mark and AquaHydrate the water company that Mark is involved with sponsored Irish Whisper. Also Wahlberg’s associate, Aaron Zells personally told Adriano that he wants to see the finished project and talk about developing a television series. Director Ben Proulx, who Adriano also deems as a BAD ASS director, is out in LA refining the trailer.
Pre Irish Whisper, Adriano was working on movie sets, now he built the set, selected the unbelievable cast & crew, sealed it with an Irish Whisper and will have an 8 minute trailer for distribution early this summer. Go Adriano, Cast & Crew!
And guess what Boston? Get ready to slate! “I wouldn’t even take a deal, if it didn’t get filmed in Dorchester or Southie,” Adriano tells us. “I honestly couldn’t be more happier and blessed with the outcome of this film. God Bless to all involved.”
Boston is jonesing for some Irish Whisper! Like it on FB. Who knows, we might get shot with casting calls? Break a leg!
Mark Wahlberg has officially let go of his tough guy image. The former “Good Vibrations” hip hop star and current father of four announced this week plans to star in a basketball film with teen singing sensation Justin Beiber. Wahlberg confirmed a script is in the works and Beiber is set to play a student that Wahlberg, playing a basketball legend, takes under his wing. While this will be Bieber’s first acting role in a feature film, he does have some serious basketball experience as the MVP of last year’s NBA All-star celebrity game.
Rumors were circling for months about whether Boston’s bad boy would be teaming up with the Biebs, and while Wahlberg confirmed the script is still being written, he promised it would be “worth the wait.” Starring alongside the straight-laced pop star is a much lighter role for Wahlberg, especially compared to his recent violent and action-packed roles in films like The Fighter and Contraband. But Marky Mark undoubtedly plans return to tougher roles as he is also working on a script for the sequel to The Fighter.
Further proof that Wahlberg is shedding a bit of his bad boy image came last month when the actor was spotted taking his two eldest children to one of his painful tattoo removal appointments. The actor has six or seven tattoos, mostly from his Marky Mark and the Funk Bunch days, and while he says the tats all have meaning to him, he does not want his children to get any permanent ink. He wanted his daughter Ella Rae, 8 and Michael, 5, to see how painful the procedure can be. The lack of tattoos will also save Wahlberg many hours in the makeup chair.
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