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.
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.
It’s hot in the city. And casting cools us down on sets with Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, and especially Steve Carell. We are always up for more action this summer. So let’s catch up on the day with an early morning crash.
Just like a scene out of Speed, an MBTA bus blindsided one of Bullock’s production trucks in Dudley Square. 11 injuries were reported but none life threatening. A crew member was inside the parked trailer when the bus stuck. He was taken to hospital as well.
The Bullock crew has been filming in the Square all week. As we know the show must go on! This flick is about a local Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy, who teams up with an FBI agent rolled by Bullock to bust a Russian mobster. Billy Dowd Casting has been handcuffing extras.
Casting notices galore this month with Sande Alessi Casting. Who are looking for all kinds of extras for the Adam Sandler flick Grown Ups 2! Last notice was looking for Andy Samberg photo double shooting this Tuesday, July 10th in Tyngsborough, MA. Hook up with Sande Alessi on FB to get these newsfeed opportunities.
Time to go Way, Way Back to Water Wizz in Wareham where the scene has been splashing for the last couple of weeks. This is the second time Hollywood hot shots have been spotted diving into the water park. Water Wizz is open and sliding for the public too. Might be a good time to jump in, with Hollywood Carell, Maya Rudolf and Toni Collette. Cast will be sailing to Marshvegas soon enough.
Lights, Camera, Action. Go Hollywood East! Mist us with more East Coast flicks.
It’s hard to stay productive when summer arrives so we’ll leave that up to production film crews like Carousel Productions who are gearing up to have a fling this July in one of the nicest beach towns around, Marshfield. I’m totally a bias native as is Humarock beach boy Steve Carell.
News has been buzzing that Carell, cast and crew are getting ready to work on their tans in Marshvegas on, Way, Way, Back Again. A feature flick about a teenager who gains courage over the course of summer to stand up to his drunk stepfather, rolled by Carell. Filming is also slated for Wareham. We hear Billy Dowd Casting will be casting backround for this project. And we are assuming Carousel Productions, Carell and partners’ production company will be shooting the independent film.
“A few years ago, I bought a tiny, 150-year-old general store in Massachusetts. A Norman Rockwell study. Here, kids buy penny candy and ice cream, their parents drop by for a cup of coffee, and to say hello to their neighbors. It is a place of community. A place of true human connection and kinship. When it came up for sale, there was a real danger that this wonderful piece of history would cease to exist, so I bought it. But I didn’t buy it for financial gain. God knows, there’s not a lot of money in penny candy. And I didn’t buy it to preserve it as a local landmark.I bought this quaint little anachronism because I wanted people to think I was a really nice guy. A kind, generous, giving man, who cares about history, and about the people in this little Massachusetts town. I am not that man, but fortunately, people think that I am.” Steve you rock!
Since Carell clocked out of Dunder Mifflin his film career has boomed. Steve grew up in Acton, MA and married a South Shore actress Nancy Walls in 1995. They have two children and spend their summers in, where else, MARSHVEGAS!
Part-time Marshfield resident Steve Carell might be spending his summer working in the quaint New England town, but it won’t be at his general store.
Last week, the Patriot Ledger reported that the former “The Office” funnyman is set to star in the upcoming “dysfunctional family dramedy” The Way, Way, Back, which will be filming in the Bay State this summer. Rumor has is that at least a portion of the flick will be shot in Marshfield, where Carell purchased his general store just a few short years ago.
The indie flick was penned by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, who won an Oscar last year for The Descendants, and will reunite Carell with his Little Miss Sunshine co-star Toni Collette. The film also co-stars Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Annasophia Robb, who most recently made headlines for landing the plum role of the young Carrie Bradshaw in the upcoming CW series, “The Carrie Diaries.” The film follows the story of a teenage boy trying to enjoy his summer vacation while dealing with a cold mother (Collette) and an adulterous father (Carell). This will be Rash’s and Faxon’s directorial debut.
Carell already has two movies opening later this year. This June, he’ll share the screen with pretty Brit Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, in the tale of a man who sets on an adventure to find his long lost love as an asteroid threatens to end the world. Hope Springs, which is due out in August, finds Carell playing a marriage counselor to Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. He’ll have five films that come to the big screen in 2012, including the expected release of The Way, Way, Back. Also, he’ll be reprising his role as the slow-witted Brick Tamland, in the recently announced sequel, Anchorman 2, coming to theaters some time in 2014.
Carell, who was born in Concord and grew up in Acton, married Cohasset actress Nancy Walls in 1995, and together they have two children. He purchased the Marshfield General Store in 2008 as a way to preserve the historic building and business, and has remained involved with it’s upkeep.
Massachusetts native Steve Carell left “The Office” last year, and has been keeping busy on the silver screen, with at least 5 films in the works over the next 2 years. Behind the scenes, one of Carell’s quieter projects is still going strong. Three years ago, Carell, who was born in Concord and raised in Acton, bought the Marshfield Hills General Store. Carell, who is a part time resident of the south shore town, just 25 miles below Boston, bought the 155-year-old building and business from it’s prior owners, promising to maintain it’s original character. He also instated his sister-in-law, Tish Vivado, as the main person in charge.
“I will be manning the cash register, and stocking the shelves as time permits!” Carell wrote in an e-mail to The Boston Globe in 2009. Carell also lists “popcorn maker, coffee brewer, candyman, stockboy, and cashier” among his numerous other duties on the store’s website.
In addition to offering updates on their proprietor’s most recent whereabouts, as well as his latest projects, the site provides far-off visitors and local callers info on current in-store events, new products, and seasonal offerings, such as fresh cut flowers. The site even promises “ in addition to finding gifts, foods, home goods, toys, and treats, tourists can buy memorabilia from NBC’s hit comedy…and maybe even get an autograph if Steve is in town working in the store and, of course, comes out from the office.”
For those of you who live on the South Shore, or those who plan on making the trek from Boston to the Cape this summer, will you be making a stop at the Marshfield General Store to see Steve?
Cambridge native Mindy Kaling, who is most well-known for playing Kelly Kapoor on “The Office” (along with fellow Massachusetts natives John Krasinski, James Spader, and formerly, Steve Carell), is already having a busy start to 2012. The talented actress and writer, who was born Vera Chokalingam, has been popping up on numerous talk shows lately, directing a new web series, and appearing in commercials for Healthy Choice foods.
Kaling’s work on “The Office” has proven valuable to the successful sitcom, with her contract renewed in September 2011, and a promotion to Executive Producer status. Her directorial work on the show’s web series, “The Third Floor,” also allowed her to make her television directorial debut in season 6.
Now in post-production, she will be appearing in a movie entitled The Five-Year Engagement, which costars Jason Segel, Chris Parnell (“SNL”) and Emily Blunt, who also happens to be the wife of Kaling’s “The Office” costar, Krasinski. The comedy, which follows the trials and tribulations of an engaged couple’s relationship roller coaster, is being produced by the same team that did last year’s wildly successful Bridesmaids, and will be released in late April.
Currently in pre-production, Kaling is also currently working on an untitled TV movie project with Fox. According to IMDB, the movie is about “A young Ob/Gyn doctor balancing her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.” Kaling will be starring in the show, as well as writing and producing it. No word yet on when the project will be completed.
Steve Carell’s movie career has been booming since he left his iconic role on “The Office” last season. The Acton, Massachusetts native has a slew of films in the works and two of Carell’s latest projects were announced just this month.
In his newest role, Carell will star as a raving New Jersey soccer dad in Lunatics. His character, a pet store owner, becomes involved in a chaotic and, of course, hilarious feud with a fellow father. And last week, the comedian signed on as producer and star of Conviction, a bank robbery comedy. Carell will reportedly play a “mastermind bank robber who is forced by an FBI agent to entrap his protege.”
Carell has also signed on to some serious projects in recent months. He will take on the role of a widower who searches for answers to his wife’s death through conversations with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, in The Dogs of Babel. The film is based on Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel of the same name. In Foxcatcher, he will take on another dramatic role as schizophrenic murderer, John Du Pont.
In Frank or Francis, due to start filming in early 2012, Carell will show off his singing chops. The musical satire chronicles the fight between a womanizing movie director (Carell) and a snide online blogger, played by Jack Black. Nicholas Cage and Kevin Kline also have roles in the Charlie Kaufman film.
Carell is currently filming Great Hope Springs alongside Hollywood bigwigs Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. You can catch Carell next in the 2012 comedy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, where he stars alongside Keira Knightley as a jilted husband in search of his high school sweetheart.
The 10-episode half-hour ab cruncher hosted by David Steinberg, “Laughing Stock” will feature a split work out of sit-down one-on-one interviews with the best comedians of our time including Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres. The famed comics will suck in and flex us stories about the bumps, the bruises and perks along the way.
“We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends, and their contemporary protégées,” Carell said in a statement announcing the news. “It’s enlightening, fascinating, but more importantly, it’s funny.”
“What makes our show unique is you will see the comedian’s connections to each other and to those who have influenced them in the past,” said Steinberg. “It’s like getting a look at a comedy tree of the last five decades.”
“Laughing Stock” is rumored to sit up in early twenty-twelve on Showtime.
Carell has also been bathing by the box office in the newly released Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not only does the Humarock beach boy love his new tan, it’s the first flick of Carousel Productions, Carell and partners’ production companies first smok’en six-pack.
Nice career path, Mr Carell!
On Thursday, July 14, the 2011 Emmy awards were announced, and more than a few New England connections were found, proving once again that Hollywood East has become a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Glee” was once again nominated. The musical series was co-created by Newton native Brad Falchuk. The show will compete against the likes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which stars Concord’s Steve Carell and Burlington’s Amy Poehler, respectively. Each were nominated for their own individual awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Poehler will compete against Laura Linney from “The Big C”, and series that has been shooting in Connecticut. Carrell will compete against fellow Massachusetts native, Matt LeBlanc, for his role on “Episodes”. The former “Friends” star originally hails from Newton.
On the drama side, Kathy Bates was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role in the new “Harry’s Law”, yet another lawyer-themed show from the Boston-educated David E. Kelley.
“Glee” star Jane Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy. The funnywoman got married in Massachusetts in 2010.
Connecticut resident Tom Bergeron was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host in his role “Dancing With the Stars” ringleader.
The controversial Reelz channel miniseries, “The Kennedys” racked up a number of nominations, including Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Tom Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Brookline’s Conan O’Brien earned himself a little redemption, getting a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for his TBS talk show, “Conan”. The late-night funnyman found himself hoisted from a short stint as host of the “Tonight Show” only to be replaced by its former host, Jay Leno in early 2010, only to reemerge on basic cable this past November. Leno and the “Tonight Show” did not receive any nominations this year.
For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Emmy website. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18th, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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