Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Hollywood East, not a creature was stirring, not even R.I.P.D star Ryan Reynolds (he went home to Canada to spend time with his family for the holidays with gal pal Blake Lively!)
With that said, Merry Christmas from everyone here at HEC. We hope you’re able to take part in some of Boston’s Christmas events and wish everyone a safe, joyous, happy holiday weekend!
As Broadway shuts down and Irene steals the show, Hollywood East rolls in a new storm called R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department), starring Ryan Reynolds, it is slated to pound Boston this September. Recently leaked by Colleen Quinn from the State House News Service and floated over from Chuck Slavin’s, New England Talent and Crew, the film promising to be one of the largest productions drawn to Massachusetts since the tax credit came ashore.
The newest twister to the Category 5 storm is Victoria Secret’s model Marisa Miller, who will be making her feature debut, opposite Ryan Reynolds in Universal’s adaption of the Dark Horse comic RIPD.
Robert Schwentke is directing the supernatural flick that follows Reynolds, a murdered cop who is “hired” to work in the Rest in Peace Department, a police force made up of the dead. The recently dead Reynolds and partner, Jeff Bridges, who’s been dead for a hundred plus years, wrestle unsettling spirits. And here’s a tip: Bridges comes back to life as the beautiful ‘angel’ played by Marisa Miller. Now that’s some lighting.
Alert: RIPD CASTING newsfeeds have been pouring out from South Shore Casting.
Massachusetts Film Office officials predict hundreds of jobs to actors, production and construction providing some thunder to the local economy through extended hotel stays and restaurant spending. Go Hollywood Massachusetts!
The future cast is mixed with sunshine Mary Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak and blue skies Kevin Bacon.
Hurricane RIPD is scheduled to hit the big screen in June, 2013. So be part of the storm party and sign up with Boston Casting and South Shore Casting because they know the evacuation route!
Hollywood heartthrob and recent divorcé Ryan Reynolds will be returning to Boston to film this summer. The former Mr. Scarlett Johansson spent time in the area in 2008, filming the romantic comedy, The Proposal with costar Sandra Bullock. Now, the sexy Canadian will be trying his hand at a “supernatural comedy” in R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D. is set to start filming in Boston this September. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a recently deceased detective, Nick Cruz, who is obsessed with solving his own murder. Jeff Bridges costars in the movie as Roy Powell, a veteran of the “Rest In Peace Detectives” who are responsible for keeping the dead in line. Reynolds plays Powell’s partner. Zach Galifinakis was originally set to be play Powell, but dropped out over concerns that the project would be delayed if Warner Bros. exercised Reynolds’ option on Green Lantern 2. With the addition of Oscar winner Jeff Bridges to the cast, many people have begun buzzing about the strength of the film’s script, raising the overall expectations of the film exponentially.
Reynolds can currently be seen in commercials for the upcoming, much anticipated summer superhero film, Green Lantern, which will be released nationwide later this month on June 17th. Meanwhile, R.I.P.D., which is currently in pre-production, is set to be released sometime in 2012.
If you’re not a fan of romantic comedies, The Proposal is close enough to a full-blown funny movie to overlook its love story overlay. Sure it has the obligatory non-realistic love story component of a romantic comedy, but the common central ideas and sarcastic humor almost balance it out.
Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, playing Margaret Tate and Andrew Paxton, the movie deals with a new theme of deportation, with the usual draw of finding love in unexpected places (i.e. in a seemingly sadistic and incredibly demanding boss). Bullock plays a driven executive editor-in-chief at a book publishing company who bribes her assistant, Reynolds, to marry her in order to avoid deportation to Canada. The movie throws in a plot twist that takes the pair to Paxton’s hometown of Sitka, Alaska (most of which was filmed in Massachusetts) where Tate meets his eccentric yet lovable family as well as some memorable and endearing reoccurring characters. After a tumultuous first couple of days that featured Tate offering the new family puppy to an eagle in exchange for a cell phone and a gratuitous nearly nude shot of both Bullock and Reynolds, Tate’s rigid outer layer shatters to expose her inner vulnerability. In addition to Bullock and Reynolds, the movie features Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Malin Akerman and Oscar Nunez and is directed by Anne Fletcher.
With its release date on June 19th, it was the number one movie in the weekend box office, grossing over $33.6 million in the first three days that it was out. The movie also hit number one spots in Australia and Russia grossing over $10 million in 10 foreign markets. This was the first movie for Bullock in the past 10 years to earn a number one spot. She last saw the top spot in 1999 with her movie, Forces of Nature where she starred opposite Ben Affleck.
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