★ Connecticut native, Michael Bolton, makes a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and follows with a performance on “Dancing with the Stars.”
★ Kristen Wiig talks about working with Jill Clayburgh on her last film before she passed away in Connecticut late last year.
★ Brighton-based band Gentlemen Hall amidst the gossip at the Billboard Music Awards.
Acclaimed director Wes Anderson is currently gearing up to film his next great flick, Moonrise Kingdom, in Rhode Island later this year.
The film has an all-star cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and the elusive Bill Murray. The story follows the tale of two lovers who disappear from their small New England town. Unsure if they have run away or there is foul play, a search party results and organizes themselves to go in search for the missing couple. Anderson has helmed a number of pictures across various genres, including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, and the animated feature, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Among the scouted locations include Middletown, Aquidneck Island, with the old, vacant John F. Kennedy Elementary School to serve as the local production office.
Middletown Patch reported that Evan Smith, President of the Newport & Bristol County Visitors Bureau said of the news: “This film will have a positive economic impact not only to Aquidneck island,” he said, “but throughout the state, touching all segments of the hospitality industry, from lodging, dining, transportation, shopping to attractions and beyond!”
C.P. Casting of Boston recently sent out a call for boys who are 7, 8, or 9 years old to audition for speaking roles in the feature film, which will begin shooting this Spring.
Moonrise Kingdom will be released sometime in 2012.
A film made in Connecticut this spring is currently in post production, in hopes of being released sometime next year. Directed by Lynne Ramsay and based on a novel by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin stars John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton, of The Chronicles of Narnia fame.
The psychological thriller follows the story of the mother (Swinton) of a boy who goes on a murderous rampage shortly before his 16th birthday. In trying to deal with her feelings of grief and guilt, the mother writes to her ex-husband in an attempt to sort through the responsibility of being the person who raised a crazed killer.
The film is being produced by BBC Films, and was shot primarily in Stamford, Connecticut this past April. The film used local restaurants and businesses for scenes, occasionally reconfiguring store fronts to suit specific location requirements in the story. The film also stars teenage star and relative newcomer Ezra Miller as the high school aged Kevin. Steven Soderbergh, director of Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Eleven, is also on tap as one of the executive producers of the film. Watch this clip on the set of We Need To Talk About Kevin, filmed in CT!
With temps on the rise and many more beach days to come, why not take a ferry ride off the Bay State and attend two great film fests, the 12th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) and the 15th Annual Nantucket Film Fest, happening this week.
The PIFF will get things started this Wednesday, June 16th with an opening party including live music and plenty of good eats. The four day fest will be featuring over 50 films from around the world. Each year the fest is dedicated to honoring the work of not only acclaimed but emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF’s mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony. The film screenings will be all around P’Town, including the Whalers Warf Cinema and the Art House Cinemas. Talented filmmaker Kevin Smith and the beautiful Tilda Swinton will both be in attendance and will be honored at this year’s fest. Smith is to receive the 2010 Filmmakers on The Edge Award and Swinton is to receive the 2010 Excellence in Acting. Check out the PIFF web site for tickets, times and venues.
The three day NFF will kick things off June 17th and like the PIFF will be featuring films from all over the world. The festival’s mission is to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. The festival will start things off with a screening of Toy Story 3. Oh and the stahs who are attending this year’s festival are wicked awesome! On Saturday, the quaint island will shake with laughter by the All-Star Comedy Round Table event including Ben Stiller, New Hampshire’s own Sarah Silverman, SNL funny man, Andy Samberg and the hilarious Zach Galifianakis! Yup, and tickets are still available at a cool $25! You might want to think about booking your ferry now. For more information on screenings and venues check out NFF web site.
Both fests have quite a line up of films, events, honorees and stahs! Why not spend the last week of spring cruising the Atlantic and celebrating the film community in Hollywood East. Check out both PIFF and NFF for all the latest.
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